Raleigh Push Wiring Remediation
Stop Electrical Fires; Call Zar Electric
Push wiring refers to electrical terminals or connections in which the connecting wire is inserted into a slot. Today, most electrical connections are wound around a screw, which is significantly more stable and safe. Push wiring is particularly hazardous if you have aluminum wiring. If you have push wiring connections in your home, you should have them replaced as soon as possible.
At Zar Electric, we specialize in aluminum wire remediation and push wiring remediation. All of our Wake Forest-based electricians are fully licensed, insured, bonded, and Master Electrician Certified. For over 20 years, Zar Electric has been helping residents in Raleigh, Wake Forest, and the surrounding area protect their family and homes from electrical fires. We can help you too.
How Push Wiring Works
You will find push wiring or push-in terminals in the back of household wall switches and outlets. You can identify push wiring by the series of holes in the back of the outlet or switch into which the bare end of the connecting wires are inserted. These were popular because they offered a fast, easy way to install a switch or outlet. However, professional, experienced electricians, like ours at Zar Electric, avoid this type of connection as it is prone to overheating and causing electrical fires.
Problems with push-in terminals include:
- Poor connections
- They are prone to overheating
- They are more likely to fail
- They can become loose very easily
- The clamps that hold the wire in place wear out easily
Today, you are more likely to find push wiring in older homes that have not been updated or where homeowners have performed DIY electrical services. In both cases, it is not recommended that you keep push-in terminals. Instead of push wiring, it is always recommended that you install screw terminals. Screw terminals are more stable, less prone to overheating, and because the connecting wire is wound around the screw, they provide a very stable, secure connection.
Symptoms of Push Wiring Problems
Most homeowners do not know whether or not they have push wiring connections installed. However, you can stay alert to potential problems that may indicate that existing push wiring is having a problem. You must pay attention to these issues if you also have aluminum wiring as it further compounds the issue.
Call our Raleigh push wiring remediation electricians if you notice any of the following:
- Flickering lights
- Scorch or burn marks on outlets
- Visible damage to outlets and switches
- Outlets and switches that are warm to the touch
- Outlets and switches that are hooked into your system but do not work
- Visibly loose outlets and switches
If you are unsure whether you have push-in terminals installed in your home, it is a good idea to schedule an electrical inspection with Zar Electric. We will go over your entire property, identify the wiring and connections you have, and help you remediate any issues.
If you own a commercial property, you should be just as concerned about push wiring as residential customers. This is especially the case with properties that employ on-site maintenance to handle small electrical issues, like replacing switches, instead of professional electricians. Additionally, if your commercial property was built in the 60s or 70s, you should have it inspected for aluminum wiring. Our Raleigh electricians have extensive experience working in both residential and commercial settings, and we can help you protect your property, your business, and your employees, tenants, and customers.
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