Do I Need New GFCI Outlets?

Do I Need New GFCI Outlets?

A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device protects us from receiving electric shocks from faults in the electrical devices we use in our home. It works by comparing the input current on the hot side to the output current on the neutral side. If there’s the slightest difference in current, on the order of a few milliamps, then there is current leaking out somewhere, possibly through somebody’s body. To protect against harm or fire, the device very quickly cuts off the power supply to the leaking device.

 

Where should I Install GFCI Outlets?

GFCI protection should be provided anywhere there is a receptacle installed in an area subject to moisture, as the presence of moisture greatly increases the danger of accidental shock. The National Electric Code specifies many such areas in residential dwelling units, such as, but not limited to: Bathrooms; Garages and accessory buildings; All exterior receptacles; Crawl spaces; Unfinished basements; Kitchens; Laundry, Utility, Wet Bar Sink Areas; and Boathouses. So if you’re asking yourself, “Should I place a GFCI outlet here?” Your best bet is YES!  GFCI outlets save thousands of lives each year by preventing electrical shocks due to dampness and improper use of extension cords.

 

if an outlet stops working press the red reset button on a gfci outletShould I Test/Replace My Old GFCI Outlets?

Simple answer, YES! About 200 people in the U.S. alone die of ground faults each year, accounting for two-thirds of all electrocutions occurring in homes. In addition, according to research conducted by the American Society of Home Inspectors, 21% of GFCI circuit breakers and 19% of GFCI receptacles tested did not provide GFCI protection. There’s many ways of testing your GFCI outlets and you should make sure to test your GFCI outlets monthly. A quick way to test your outlet is the following: plug in a light fixture and turn it on. Then push the device’s test button. If the light stays on, the GFCI needs to be replaced. As simple as that.

 

What Are The Benefits Of GFCI?

GFCI Outlets save lives!! Apart from saving your house from a internal wall fire, from your appliances breaking GFCI SAVE LIVES. It’s very important to remember to frequently check to see if your GFCI is working properly or not. It’s recommended to change your outlet every 5 years. GFCI sensing circuits can receive damage to their internal transient voltage surge protection (metal-oxide varistors) that protect the GFCI sensing circuit. In areas of high-lightning activity, such as Southwest Florida, the failure rate for GFCI circuit breakers was more than 57%. Check your GFCI Outlet and sleep better knowing they’re doing their job.

 

Ready To Install New GFCI Outlets?

At Frontline Electrical Services we take care of the work for you! You don’t have to worry about being shocked or dealing with electricity. We send the most qualified technicians to install new GFCI Outlets in your home and/or replace your outdated ones. Frontline Electrical Services cares for the well-being of you and your family. Sleep better knowing Frontline Electrical Services did the job right. Feel free to call Frontline Electrical Services at (800) 945-0268 (here is a map to us) with any questions or concerns regarding GFCI Outlets and installations!

 

Sources

  1. Mike Holt, EC&M http://www.ecmweb.com/content/gfci-basics
  2. Lew Electric Fittings Company http://www.lewelectric.com/what-is-a-gfi-outlet-used-for-and-where-should-i-install-them/
  3. Max Alexander, This Old House https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/how-gfci-receptacles-keep-you-safe
  4. The Real Estate Inspection Company https://sdinspect.com/home-facts/when-and-where-are-gfci-receptacles-required/
  5. Steve Jenkins https://www.stevejenkins.com/blog/2016/07/test-replace-gfci-outlets-more-often/

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