Did you know that If your house was built from the mid 60s to mid 70s, it may have been wired with aluminum instead of copper? This often comes up as an issue for homebuyers during inspections if the aluminum is in its original state, or has been modified incorrectly. Issues typically arise at connections (plugs, switches, lights)
Fortunately, there are cost effective ways of dealing with aluminum wiring to make it safe, without replacing it completely. Check with your insurer that they cover houses with repaired aluminum, or if they require complete replacement. Policies vary.
Aluminum wiring can be considered safe if you
1) Have a Licensed Electrical Contractor make repairs to the connections (lights, switches, plugs, panel connections)
2) Have Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority inspect it and receive a "Certificate of Acceptance"
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