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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.
Our electricians in Los Angeles are available 24/7 to help with any emergency GFCI outlet repairs. We provide emergency electrical services to residents across Southern California, and even have offices in Santa Ana & Riverside to be able to provide faster and reliable services.
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.
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.