Fire safety hazard awareness is crucial for every homeowner, and one potential risk involves aluminum wiring on 20 amp breakers as discovered by Ashi-Certified Inspector, Craig B. during an electrical panel inspection with an infrared camera.
Aluminum wiring was commonly used in residential properties during the 1960s and 1970s. However, it is now known to pose fire safety risks due to its tendency to oxidize, leading to loose connections and overheating. When combined with 20 amp breakers, which may exceed the safe capacity of aluminum wiring, the risk of overheating and potential electrical fires increases significantly.
Identifying aluminum wiring on 20 amp breakers through infrared camera inspections allows homeowners to take immediate action. Engaging a licensed electrician to address the issue is essential for safety. Options may include replacing the aluminum wiring with copper pigtails or using approved connectors specifically designed for aluminum wiring.