Signs of Trouble

Signs of trouble in aluminum wire systems include:

  • Cover plates on outlets or switches that are warm-to-the-touch
  • Flickering lights
  • Circuits that don’t work, or work intermittently
  • The smell of burning plastic at outlets, switches, or lighting
  • Smoking outlets, switches, or lighting
  • Tripping circuit breakers, for no apparent reason
  • Unusual static on the radio or TV

Unfortunately, not all failing aluminum wired connections provide such easily detected warning signs. They can fail without any prior indications or problems.