AlumiConn: The Most Cost Effective Way to Connect Aluminum to Copper Wire

By superadmin on 06/02/2014

AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper Lugs: The Most Cost-Effective Way to Connect Aluminum to Copper Wire

damaged electrical wiring and wire connector

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that homes wired with aging aluminum are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach fire hazard conditions than copper wired homes.

Generally speaking, aluminum wired homes today are typically repaired by pig-tailing aluminum wire to copper wiring devices with non-approved twist-on wire nuts and electrical tape by home owners and electrical contractors. These wire nut connectors are more  likely to overheat and can eventually lead to fires.

AlumiConn's Aluminum to Copper Lug has been proven to be the most cost-effective method on the market to repair your home or building's aged aluminum wire.

 

Is Your Home Aluminum Wired?

Because of the sudden increase in price of copper between the mid-1960's-70's, aluminum wire was widely used across the United States. If your home was constructed during that time period, it is likely that your home was wired with aluminum.

Determining If Your Home Was Copper Wired

 

 

Aluminum Wire Marking
Step One: Electrical wires are typically exposed in the attic, crawl space, or at the electrical panel. Look for the word "aluminum" or its element symbol "AL" on the plastic wire jacket.
Aluminum Wire Color
Step Two: If the market isn't visible, trace the wire until you find an area where the metal is exposed and not hidden by the insulated jacket. Aluminum wires often mimic the metallic grey color of aluminum, making them easier to identify.

 

Indications of Aluminum Wiring Issues

As you continue to add appliances and electronics to your home, you exponentially increase the chance for your aluminum wiring to overheat. The overheating of your wiring could eventually lead to an electrical fire. Here are warning signals that indicate that you could have wiring problems.

 

Don’t Wait Until It's Too Late.

The problem is that aluminum wire failures happen slowly over an extended period of time, so it's easy to believe that because you aren't noticing symptoms that no issues are occuring. 

According to the CPSC, rewiring your entire home or building would be the most cost effective and permanent solution. While this is the most in-depth and complete resolve to a wiring issue, the cost for an electrician to rewire you rhome can run between $200-$500 per receptacle and switch depending on the region you live in.

If a new electrical panel is required, that could cost anywhere between $1,000-$3,000. Factor in another $1,000-$2,000 worth of copper along with the cost of a permit from your local municipality. The rewiring project could cost you $15,000 for a 2,100 square foot house. Although your wiring problems would surely be remedied, it certainly isn't the most cost-effective option.

Why is the AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper Lugs the most cost effective way?

The COPALUM Crimp will cost between $12-$15 per a wire. One key disadvantage of the COPALLUM crimp is that it can only be installed by a certified COPALUM technician. These technicians may not be readily available depending on where you live.

The AlumiConn lug would only cost you $2.53 per a connection. It can be installed by anybody with commen electrical knowledge. Due to its simple installation process paired with the low price, this is definitely the most cost-effective manner in which to address your building's wiring problems.

Although the AlumiConn lugs are quite simple to install, it is recommended that you first consult with your local electrician before you take on the project yourself.

 

 

hands holding alumiconn copper lugs

Be pro-active and don’t wait until it’s too late!

3-Port AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper Lugs

 

2-Port AlumiConn Aluminum to Copper Lugs

 

 

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