Harrison Electric offers complete knob and tube wiring replacements for homeowners in the Twin Cities area. Our team can help you protect and secure your home with the installation of modern knob and tube wiring. If you have an outdated aluminum knob and tube electrical system, our electricians can pull the old system out and replace it with new wiring, outlets, fixtures, and panel box.

With new wiring, you can feel confident your home’s electrical system is up-to-code and ready to perform. Contact us today if you would like to schedule a service. We can modernize your home and keep it up to standards for your personal requirements.

Why You Should Replace Aluminum Electrical Wiring

Previously, homes were built to meet certain requirements and needs particular to their time era. Aluminum wiring became popular in the 1960s and 1970s due to high copper prices. Because the advanced electrical devices we use today weren’t as popular back then, the aluminum wiring wasn’t equipped to handle such devices. Today, homeowners typically possess gadgets and tools that require a different electric environment.

If your home currently has aluminum knob and tube wiring, you should consider replacing the system with modern knob and tube wiring. As a homeowner, you should ensure your home is adhering to the most modern safety measures. There are several reasons why you should replace your home’s aluminum knob and tube wiring.

Older homes with aluminum wiring require a replacement, as their current wiring poses a potential fire hazard. With the addition of wall and attic insulation, homeowners should replace their aluminum wiring system with a more reliable system. At Harrison Electric, we can replace your aluminum wiring with a modern breaker and wiring system.
Due to the increase of standard, modern insulation, older aluminum wiring faces a greater risk of exposure. Stripped wire caused by additional insulation can expose the aluminum and cause electrical issues throughout the home. Our team of experts at Harrison Electric can help you find a solution to your electrical issues. We can install a modern wiring system that properly meets your home’s modern-day requirements and technological additions.
Insurance companies recognize that knob and tube wiring is outdated and hazardous. Therefore they may not cover any electrical related damage to your home. Providers may not cover the home at all.
If you’re interested in selling your home in the future, you should consider taking the time to replace your home’s outdated knob and tube wiring system. Buyers value homes with updated wiring systems, as they operate more efficiently with modern-day requirements and electrical devices. Increase the value of your home by contacting Harrison Electric to replace and modernize your home’s wiring.

The Downfalls of Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring became popular in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s due to an increase in copper prices. At the time, aluminum was a safe and sufficient method for wiring, however, homes and modern necessities have changed. There are several downfalls to still having aluminum wiring in your home.

Aluminum typically wears out and fails more quickly than copper because of various qualities the metal contains. Aluminum has a lower quality of connection compared to modern wiring due to its tendency to break and crack from temperature fluctuation. Replacing your aluminum wiring can promote a more reliable electrical experience with a lower chance of issues arising.
Unlike copper, aluminum corrodes over time. The corrosion damages the wiring and makes it less conductive. Thus, it will impede the flow of electricity and lead to other problems.
Aluminum wiring loses connections through outlets, switches, and light fixtures. These poor connections often result in overheating, which poses a greater risk of fire hazards.

NEC Building Codes

The National Electrical Code (NEC), a subsidiary of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets the minimum standard for electrical wiring every three years. According to Article 394 of the NEC, knob and tube wiring is not acceptable as a general-purpose wiring method.

The NFPA has recognized knob and tube wiring and aluminum wiring as sub-par wiring types and materials that pose numerous safety risks. Although some forms of these systems are still allowable under certain conditions, it’s only a matter of time before they will no longer meet minimum standards in any scenario.

Professional Wiring Replacement Services

If you live in a house that is fitted with knob and tube or aluminum wiring, now is the time to have it professionally replaced by a licensed electrician. Updating to modern wiring can create a more efficient and safe environment in your home.

Harrison Electric offers complete system replacement for older homes that contain dangerous wiring. We can pull out the old wiring and bring your electrical system so that it is code compliant in all areas. We are committed to making your home a safe place to live.

To find out more about our electrical system replacement and repair options, or to schedule service, call us today at (763) 544-3300, or you can message us at mail@harrison-electric.com

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