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The potential for electric shock when using appliances and tools is a real concern, particularly when water is involved, such as appliances that are used in the bathroom or outdoor tools that are plugged in when in it is raining. The good news is that there is a simple way to eliminate the risk of electric shock – installing a GFCI electrical outlet.
A GFCI outlet (also known as a GFCI breaker) is a specialized outlet that is designed to completely eliminate the risk of being shocked when you are using an appliance or tool that is plugged into the outlet. GFCI outlets work by monitoring the amount of current flowing from the hot slot in the outlet to the neutral slot. If there is any imbalance between the two, the circuit is tripped and the power to the outlet is cut. For example, if you are using a power drill and touch an exposed wire in the drill, current will begin to flow into your body, causing an imbalance between the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. The GFCI outlet is able to detect this imbalance as quickly as one-thirtieth of a second and stop the flow before you experience a shock.
Why Should I Hire An Electrician in Los Angeles To Install a GFCI Outlet?
Installing a GFCI outlet is not quite as simple as installing a standard outlet. With this being the case, it’s best to rely on experienced electrical contractors in Los Angeles to ensure that your GFCI outlets are correctly installed. An experienced electrician will also be able to help you with other services regarding your GFCI outlet such a putting in a GFCI replacement plug or performing a GFCI outlet repair.
Why Do I Need To Install A GFCI Outlet?
GFCI outlets are ideal for areas where water and electricity are in close proximity, such as in your bathroom or outdoor outlets. In these areas, the risk of being shocked is much higher, though you may also wish to install GFCI outlets throughout your home to eliminate the risk of electric shock entirely.
GFI VS. GFCI
There are two different terms you will hear when talking about shock-proof outlets – GFI and GFCI. The fact is, though, that they are one and the same. GFI is merely an abbreviated way of saying GFCI that some electricians will use when discussing these outlets.
Where To Place GFCI Outlets
GFCI outlets are best placed in areas where moisture is a concern, such as in your kitchen and your bathroom as well as outdoor receptacles such as outlets in your garage and outlets on the outside of your house. GFCI outlets are also used for large appliances that draw a lot of power since the risk for a serious shock is higher with these appliances.
Express Electrical Services serves all of Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County & Ventura County. Our electricians offer a variety of electrical services & home safety services and we have a 60-90* minute response time on most services.
We guarantee same day response time for requests for emergency electrical services received before noon,
Monday through Saturday; our service within 60 minutes guarantee is subject to availability of electricians, and unless we have advised you at the time of the service call of a delay, if we do not arrive within 60 minutes of the end of our call with the Customer, the initial service call fee will be waived. We cannot guarantee same-day service or service within one hour on Sundays, but will do our best to respond to emergency service calls on Sundays, subject to electrician availability; there will be no waiver of the initial service call fee on Sundays. License: #1108382