Safety Concerns with Aluminum Wire
For a long time, large-gauge aluminum wire has been used very successfully for power transmission lines. Because it is much lighter than copper, it is also used for wiring in many types of aircraft. Since aluminum already had been used successfully in aviation and by power companies, it became a popular alternative to copper when copper prices began soaring in the mid-sixties. At that time, aluminum was thought to be a perfect solution, and aluminum producers began manufacturing large amounts of small-gauge aluminum wire, as they saw huge potential for profits in this market.
In time however, problems with aluminum wiring began to surface. Although many new homes in the sixties and seventies were wired with aluminum, they still contained copper, brass, and steel parts in lamps, switches, outlets, breaker boxes and other components. At the points where these metals were connected with aluminum, symptoms related to a condition known as “dissimilar metals” began to appear. Scientists had long known that when you place two different metals in contact with each other, small electrical currents are produced. Over time, these currents can cause something known as “galvanic corrosion” which eats away the metal at these connections. Galvanic corrosion became particularly evident when aluminum wire was present. Corrosion led to arcing, and this arcing was sometimes known to produce fires. As more and more people became aware of these hazards, aluminum wiring fell out of favor.
In response, government agencies changed their electrical codes, preventing the installation of aluminum wiring in homes and commercial buildings. Around the same time, insurance companies began raising their rates for buildings with aluminum wiring, and some insurance providers stopped insuring these homes and buildings altogether. Aluminum safety and insurance issues became a great concern for many homeowners who couldn’t afford the expense of completely rewiring their homes. The scope of these problems influenced new research, and fortunately, some viable solutions were produced. Of greatest importance is the identification of aluminum wiring. If you think this may be a problem in your home or building, we’ll be happy to provide a professional inspection. If aluminum wiring is present, we will explain all the options available, and provide a bid.
Circuit breakers are designed to protect the appliances in your home or building from sudden spikes of electricity. Without circuit breakers, your microwave, dryer, and other appliances could overload and easily overheat or catch fire. The licensed electricians at Arrow Property Services have decades of experience replacing worn circuit breakers and can help keep you safe.
If you suspect your safety is at risk, then don’t wait! Call Arrow Property Services today at 613-489-3652 or click here for circuit breaker repair and replacement services in Ottawa.
When to Call for Circuit Breaker Replacement
Knowing when to call for circuit breaker replacement instead of just resetting the switch can be confusing. In general, you’ll want to call Arrow Property Services when:
- Your circuit breaker trips constantly, even after being reset
- The circuit breaker is hot to the touch
- You can smell burning from the breaker panel
- You can see visible damage, such as burned metal or frayed wires
- You can hear buzzing, hissing, or popping noises from the breakers
If you notice any signs of damage on any of the circuit breakers in your home or building, it’s important to call Arrow Property Services as soon as possible. Circuit breakers that are not properly maintained will not be able to protect your home from power surges, and can also develop a severe risk of arcing or faulting. This can result in heat and sparks that can cause fatal electric shocks or electrical fires!
Pay special attention to any low buzzing, hissing, or popping noises coming from any of the breakers. These may indicate an arc fault and are a sure sign you need circuit breaker replacement. If you’re concerned about arc faults, contact us for an electrical inspection. We can also install an interrupter that will shut down the circuit if it detects an arc fault.
What To Do if a Circuit Breaker Constantly Trips
If you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, you probably have an overloaded circuit. This often happens when appliances that use a lot of energy, including flat screen TVs, hair dryers, and space heaters, are all on the same circuit (even if they’re plugged into different outlets). If you have circuits that are constantly tripping, figure out which outlets they control and move one or more of the devices to a new outlet on a different circuit. If this doesn’t fix the problem, call Arrow Property Services—there’s a chance you have a short or a ground fault.
Double-Tapped Circuit Breakers
One of the most common electrical defects inspectors find in homes and buildings is double tapped circuit breakers. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and easy to fix! Double tapping refers to when two wires are connected to the same screw or terminal in the electrical panel. Double tapping is fine if the breaker is designed for two wires. It gets to be a problem, however, when the breaker is designed for only one. In this case, the wires could become loose and overheat, arc, and possibly ignite! For peace of mind, call Arrow Property Services for an in-home inspection of your electrical panel and to detect and resolve any unsafe issues.
With the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PIVs), cities like Austin, and many business have responded by installing vehicle charging stations in public and private parking areas which practically double the driving range. Arrow Property Services has installed many of these charging stations since its inception. To encourage these efficient and clean modes of transportation, Austin Energy offers generous financial incentives for certain types of charging stations. Further information about this is available from their website. If you are planning to purchase an Electric car or PIV in the near future, please contact Arrow Property Services at 613-489-3652 for more details about charging stations for your home or business. In the next ten years, EVs and PIVs could represent at least 10% of all domestic transportation. With continuing breakthroughs in battery and capacitor technology, it is actually possible that we’ll see gas and diesel powered vehicles disappear completely.
Arrow Property Services is the exclusive Canadian dealer for the best LED lights with the best backed warranty available in the world!
Benefits of LED Lighting
The biggest benefits of LED bulbs are their long life and lasting energy efficiency. LED lights use 85 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and 50 percent less than even high-efficiency CFL.
LED lights can also be used with dimmer switches, increasing energy savings while allowing you to adjust the mood and ambiance in your rooms.
We are equipped with LED lighting for every need imaginable get the job done, to help push sales or simply around your home. This includes
- LED Retail Store Lighting
- Office Space Lighting
- Ambient LED Lighting
- Accent LED Lighting
- LED Street Lighing
- Shop or Aircraft Hanger LED Lighting
If you need LED lighting in Ottawa, don’t wait—call Arrow Property Services today at 613-489-3652 or click here!
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