Although you may not know their official name, you have likely seen a GFCI outlet before. A GFCI outlet is an outlet that has the ‘test’ and ‘reset’ buttons near the receptacle.
GFCI outlets protect homeowners from electrical shocks by monitoring how much electricity is flowing into a single circuit. As soon as the GFCI outlet detects an imbalance in the flow of electricity in the circuit, it cuts off power to the outlet.
Your home is required to have GFCI outlets in:
You will also find GFCI outlets in laundry rooms, utility rooms, and outdoor receptacles.
Many homeowners in Medfield, MA, are choosing to remodel or renovate their homes. When doing this, they often find older outlets that can be updated to GFCI outlets. Not only will these new GFCI outlets bring their homes up to code, but they will also protect them from shock and electrical hazards.
If you live in an older home and are looking to update your outlets, trust Paul Macrina Electrical Contracting, Inc. with your outlet installations.
If your GFCI outlet senses an electric imbalance, it will stop the flow of power to your outlet. To restore power to your outlet, press and hold the “reset” button on your GFCI outlet.
GFCI outlets monitor electric currents to keep you safe. They are designed to cut off power flow and prevent electrical shocks. Because GFCI outlets are so important for the safety of you and your family, we recommend that you regularly test all of the GFCI outlets in your home.
Test your home’s GFCI outlets by following these steps:
Step One: Press the “test” button to stop any electrical flow to your GFCI outlet.
Step Two: Plug in a small device that uses a small amount of electricity. Night lights are a good choice for this. If your night light does not turn on, you can be sure that a current is no longer flowing to this receptacle.
Step Three: Simply press the “reset” button and power will once again begin flowing to the outlet.
If your GFCI outlet fails this test, schedule an appointment with Paul Macrina Electrical Contracting, Inc. we will replace your GFCI outlet so that it can continue protecting you and your family from electric shocks and hazards.