I Installed a new ceiling fan, but I'm still freaking out, because the fan itself used aluminum wiring! I thought aluminum wiring was banned or something, or at least fell out of use. I know different rates of heat expansion and galvanic corrosion can cause fires, so it's really freaking me out as I did actually install the fan. Fortunately it's on a switch so there isn't constant electricity going to it.
I saw the aluminum wiring before I installed it, and freaked out, but then I noticed it was Intertek ETL Listed certified, and that seemed to allay my fears in that moment, so after that I did in fact install it, which I now regret.
Was it really aluminum instead of tinned copper? Well, I didn't take any pictures, so I can't show you easily, but the wire was extremely soft and provided zero resistance as I bent it or moved it about. Also, the gauge of the wire strands was very fine. I looked at the old copper wired ceiling fan, and its copper wires were of a much thicker strand.
New Ceiling Fan: Honeywell Glen Alden Ceiling Fan, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, 52 Inch Model Number: 50183 Purchased From overstock.com Manufacturer URL Ceiling Fan Instruction Manual PDF Amazon URL Lowes URL
I looked up the ceiling fan on Intertek's lookup site, but found nothing, which was disconcerting to say the least. Intertek's Lookup Site
Below are a series of questions I have regarding my current installation of an aluminum wired ceiling fan.
The details of none of these sites, amazon or lowes, mention that it has aluminum wiring! Is copper assumed?
If the instructions on their web site are compared to the ones I received there are some differences:
- The revision number on the web site is "r030514", but the one I received is a higher number "r052617".
- Page 12 in my version has a step 20 added for turning the power back on.
- The covers are bizarrely backwards. The front cover is in spanish, and what should be the spanish cover is actually the english cover, which is bizarre.
On the warranty page of the instructions (page 16 in pdf) it says, "This product is manufactured for: Hong Kong China Electric Appliance Manufacture Co., Ltd. . So, this company doesn't make this product themselves, and also the Honeywell trademark is just licensed from Honeywell; therefore, I guess it's possible the outsourced factory perhaps snuck some aluminum wiring in instead of copper? This is obviously only a guess though.
The instructions mention electrical tape. Is wrapping the wire nuts in electrical tape a standard thing to do when using wire nuts? The instructions mention electrical tape in the section on tools needed, but in the section on wiring it only wire nuts are mentioned.
Do ceiling fans typically come with the wire nuts needed to wire them up to your house, or do you provide your own? This fan didn't seem to come with any. Also, even if it came with the special purple wire nuts needed for copper to aluminum connections, I would still consider the use of aluminum wire a fire risk.
My house has copper wiring, and the fan it's replacing had copper wiring, so why does this new one have aluminum wiring?
Is internal aluminum electrical wiring allowed in the electrical safety standards?
Is there commonly both aluminum or copper version of both appliances?
This ceiling fan, urls above, is listed on amazon, lowes, it's manufacturer's own web site, and probably other places, but absolutely no mention of it having aluminum wiring is mentioned anywhere. Is internal aluminum electrical wiring common on current model electric appliances? Or did I get a bad one that fails to meet safety standards?