We replace Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter in PA
If you’re not familiar with electrical terms, a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is an affordable electrical component that essentially prevents your household from electrocutions, burns and shocks. How does a GFCI do this? Essentially the GFCI detects ground faults, electrical fires and other severe consequences by interrupting the electrical current’s natural flow. These are most commonly found in rooms that have water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements and through exterior outlets that have access to hot tubs or Jacuzzis.
Schumann Electric can replace any two prong outlets that are outdated, which can significantly enhance the safety of your household. If you have small children, elderly or even for yourself, this is something you should truly consider. We can help you repair or replace GFCI devices affordably to protect you from accidental shocks, burns or even death.
In case you are unfamiliar with the GFCI technologies, there are 3 common styles of GFCI devices available for residential use.
- Circuit Breaker: Homes built with circuit breakers instead of fuse boxes may use GFCI panel boxes to protect selected circuits, giving the GFCI receptacle dual purposes of shutting off electricity or “tripping” in case of a ground fault, as well as protecting the outlet wiring, lighting fixtures and other branches of the circuit.
- Portable: These are provided when permanent GFCI’s are too impractical, such as in homes that require extensive installation. It could be seen as a temporary solution in certain circumstances.
- Receptacle GFCI: Used to replace standard duplex receptacles, these fit into an outlet box to safeguard from ground faults whenever the double outlets are used.
How do you know if your home is up to code with GFCI compliant devices? Give us a call. We can take a look at your home and assess your safety. Homes that are older may be more at risk, such as those built before 1987 (for kitchens) or 1975 (for bathrooms). Our qualified electricians can perform your installation and test your GFCI’s for any safety concerns.