Citizens Insurance OKs AlumiConn Connector

I just read that Citizens Insurance recently announced they would write new policies for homes that have aluminum wiring, so long as there is an approved method to remedy the aluminum wire threat. And one such remedy is the AlumiConn aluminum-to-copper connector.

The article from states,

“Citizens has approved two types of electrical wire connectors — known as AlumiConn and Copalum — as acceptable methods to avoid rewiring, Citizens spokeswoman Christine Ashburn said.”

So, homeowners in Florida who have aluminum wire in their homes can breath a sigh of relief as they’re now able to use the AlumiConn connector as an approved device to mitigate the potential danger associated with aluminum wire while maintaining insurance coverage.

This is a pretty big deal for homeowners with aluminum wire because previously, most insurance companies distanced themselves from writing policies on aluminum-wired homes because there really weren’t many affordable solutions available. This left homeowners with a choice between bad and worse – Repair the aluminum wire in your home using current approved methods, with costs starting around $5,000 or completely rewire your home with copper which can potentially run into the tens of thousands.

Thankfully for Floridians, that’s now a thing of the past.

Do I Need To Add Antioxidant to the AlumiConn Connector?

I recently got off the phone with a contractor from New Jersey who was asking several good questions about the AlumiConn connector. And one question that came up (that many other people ask, too) is whether or not you need to add antioxidant when you install an AlumiConn connector.

The answer is that you do not need to add any antioxidant to the AlumiConn connector because they already come pre-filled with a proprietary antioxidant sealant that coats the wires as you insert them into the connector!

This proprietary antioxidant helps to dramatically reduce oxidation – one of the primary problems with aluminum wiring. Oxidation occurs when oxygen comes into contact with metal and is particularly problematic with aluminum as the oxidation occurs faster than with copper. As this oxidation builds up on the wire, it causes more resistance for any electrical current to run through it, which results in heat build up and can possibly cause a fire.

So, it’s extremely important that you use antioxidant when dealing with aluminum wire! And since the AlumiConn connector comes pre-filled with the antioxidant, you can save time and money since you won’t need to buy any additional antioxidant or take the time to install it!

Are the Lights in Your House Flickering?

Please always hire a licensed electrician to evaluate the aluminum wire in your home.

Do you have flickering lights in your house? There are several possible reasons why this could be occurring.

One possible such reason could be the result of aluminum wire in your home. If your home was built around mid 1960 through the early 1970s, it’s very possible it has aluminum wire instead of the more popular copper wire. Read more