Using any electrical device can be hazardous, especially when water is present. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet can prevent an electric shock when, for example, using a hairdryer in a bathroom or an electrical tool outdoors. Express Electrical Services specializes in GFCI technology and installs and repairs outlets across Southern California. Located in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside, we can quickly reach your home to provide emergency GFCI outlet repairs—24/7.
How Does a GFCI Outlet Work?
A GFCI constantly monitors the current that flows through it. If the current flowing from the hot slot to the neutral slot in the outlet is imbalanced, the outlet will trip the circuit. Once that happens, no power will be available at that outlet or any downstream receptacles. The outlet can respond in 1/30 of a second, preventing a shock from touching an exposed wire or using an electrical device exposed to water.
Express Electrical Services Installs GFCI Outlets
Perhaps you have installed an electrical outlet before. But a GFCI outlet is more complex than a standard outlet, so you shouldn’t attempt to install one without the proper experience. Our electrical technicians are trained to safely and correctly install a GFCI. After all, the outlet must not only supply power but respond in a fraction of a second if an imbalance of current is detected. You can also trust our team to repair a GFCI outlet or install a replacement when necessary
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does a GFCI Differ from a GFI?
A ground fault circuit interrupter and a ground fault interrupter (GFI) are the same thing. While GFCI is more commonly used, the terms are interchangeable.
Where Should I Install a GFCI?
By law, GFCI outlets are required anywhere within 6 feet of water. Therefore, you must have at least one in a kitchen, bathroom, basement, or garage. A GFCI is also required in a pool area and for any outdoor receptacle.
How Can I Tell an Outlet Is a GFCI?
A GFCI outlet differs from a standard outlet in that it has a test and reset button built into the faceplate. Usually, one button is red and the other is black, but not always. Built-in sensors monitor the amount of electricity flowing through the wire.
Can All Outlets Be Converted to GFCI?
A standard outlet can’t be turned into a GFCI, but you can replace almost any outlet with one. If correctly wired, a ground fault circuit interrupter will protect downstream outlets and shut them off if there’s a surge or ground fault.
What Should Be Plugged into a GFCI?
Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and others that use a lot of power, are prone to surges, and are exposed to moisture should be connected to a GFCI. Washing machines, water heaters, AC condenser units, and heat pumps should also be plugged into a GFCI outlet.
Why Choose Express Electrical Services
If you need help with GFCI outlet installation or repair in Southern California, our licensed electrical technicians can respond in 60-90 minutes. We’re available 24 hours a day to address any concerns. And you can also rely on our team to assess if and where you need GFCI protection.
To schedule GFCI outlet installation and learn about our coupons and discounts, contact us online or call (323) 727-7799.