Let our experts from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric discuss all the basics you’ll need to know when undertaking a GFCI outlet installation at your home or business.
A ground-fault circuit interrupter, in short, a GFCI outlet, is an electrical outlet that monitors your electricity flow at all times, picking up any current interruptions at any point. A GFCI protects you from shocking yourself and protects your home or business from an electrical fire. You’ll often find your GFCI in so-called ‘wet’ locations throughout your household, which are areas where water could be present such as in your bathrooms and kitchens.
If you’re looking for your normal 120V outlet, you will notice two vertical plug slots and a round slot below them. The left slot is known as ‘neutral’, the right as ‘hot’, and the hole as ‘ground’. A GFCI monitors the electrical current as it flows naturally from ‘hot’ to ‘neutral’. It will trip the circuit, acting as a circuit breaker, if it senses any imbalance at all, making it an important addition to all home and business plug outlets, particularly those with ‘wet’ locations. The really impressive part? A GCFI outlet can react to an imbalanced electrical current and trip the switch in less than half a second.
And there you have it: tips and tricks on GCFI outlet installation from the experts themselves. That said, we do not advise that any of our clients attempt to undertake GCFI outlet installation themselves, particularly if they have no experience in doing so. Call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric today and one of our experts will gladly undertake the task armed with a wealth of industry knowledge and hands-on experience.
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