GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it means an outlet that can prevent electrical shock in locations where water may be present. This includes those outlets in bathrooms, around kitchen sinks and appliances, and all outdoor outlets.
A 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. A GFCI acts as a circuit breaker of sorts, shutting off power to the outlet and devices in use when a ground fault is detected.
A GFCI has two buttons: a test button and a reset button. GFCI outlets should be tested once a month for safety reasons.
The electrical systems in our homes are integral in ensuring that we are able to live with all of the modern conveniences that we demand. With that in mind, though, you must remember that electricity can be dangerous if not used properly within the home. These days there are more safety precautions than ever before, which allows homeowners to use electricity with confidence. One such precaution is the GFCI outlet. Chances are that you have at least a few GFCI outlets installed throughout your home.
GFCI’s can be used to upgrade older two-prong (non-grounded) outlets to three prong (grounded) outlets without installing any new wire. As a precaution some home owners choose to replace all outlets in their homes with GFCI models.
Bonney electrical technicians are experts at these types of jobs. It’s important that homeowners do not try to do a job like this on their own. Changing outlets may seem to be a simple task, but to avoid danger and get the job done right, call the electricians at Bonney.