GFCI Circuits: Find Out What They Do And Where You Need One

GFCI circuits are an essential safety measure that can help save lives by preventing electrical shocks.

Keep reading to learn more about GFCI circuits and how to find out where you need one.

Electrical components and water don’t mix.

GFCI circuits are designed to protect people from the harmful effects of electricity, like shocks and electrocution, by automatically turning off the power before it reaches a dangerous level.

What is a GFCI Circuit

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is an important safety measure that can help save lives.

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How Does a GFCI Work

GFCIs work by monitoring both current and voltage coming into an outlet or appliance; if they sense that anything is wrong with either of these components, they’ll shut off the power before it reaches a dangerous level.

Where Should GFCIs be Installed?

GFCI receptacles should be installed in any area with water near electrical components; these areas include bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor spas/hot tubs, laundry rooms, and more.

When Should GFCIs be Tested/Inspected?

GFCI circuits should be inspected at least once per year to ensure that everything is working correctly and no problems are present.

When Should  GFCIs be Tested/Inspected?

When Should  GFCIs be Tested/Inspected?

Test With a GFCI Tester

A GFCI outlet tester is a simple electrical device with three LED lights to indicate various test results. The tester can tell you whether the outlet is wired correctly and identify problems, like open ground or reversed polarity.

Avoiding Nuisance Trips

Nuisance GFCI trips are an annoying but common occurrence.

Don’t just reset the GFCI; you should also investigate the cause of the trip.

Ground faults occur when an electrical current finds an unintended path to the ground. The usual culprits for electrical faults include:

worn insulation conductive dust  water other “soft grounds.

Another name for a ground fault is leakage current.

Leakage can cause an electric circuit to trip. If you find that your circuit is tripping, it can be hard to find the problem.

If you’ve been wondering where to install a GFCI outlet, or how they work and what to do if there’s an issue with one in your home, the information provided above should have answered all of these questions.

If not, contact us – we offer electrical services that can help identify potential problems before they turn into more significant issues down the line. We also provide free estimates for any jobs our team completes, so you know exactly what to expect!