Outlets and Switches2018-11-16T16:57:55+00:00

GFCI Outlet & Switch Installation & Repair in Orange County

Serving Cities Throughout Orange County — Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Tustin & More

Today’s building codes are intended to protect homeowners, their families, and other occupants. An electrical shock can be a life-threatening experience and electrical burns can be quite traumatic to adults and children alike. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets can keep you protected, especially when outlets and appliances are exposed to water or moisture. To make sure your GFCI outlet or GFCI breaker is working properly, Express Electrical Service offers same-day and emergency installation and repair services in Orange County if you suspect a problem.

If you need outlet repair or a new GFCI, or switch installation or repair, we serve all residents in Orange County. Customers in Southern California have depended on our full range of electrical services since 1982. Our Orange County electricians are trained and experienced, so you can depend on them for timely and professional installations and repairs. You can call or request service 24/7 and we’ll send someone out to troubleshoot and address your outlet or switch concerns.

How a GFCI Outlet Works

Whether you have an indoor or outdoor GFCI outlet, the component works the same. It is a device that continuously measures the flow of current through the outlet. If an imbalance between the hot slot and neutral slot is detected, the GFCI trips the circuit, cutting the power to the outlet. This prevents you from being shocked should you be using an electrical device exposed to moisture or you accidentally touch an exposed wire. The most common places you’ll find GFCI outlets are bathrooms, garages, and outdoor electrical installations.

You may also hear the term GFI. It is just an abbreviated term electricians tend to use, and is the same thing as a GFCI. Electrical outlet repair and installation for these should be performed by a professional contractor. They are not as simple as traditional outlets, and thus require a greater degree of expertise to install and repair.

Outlet/Switch Installation vs. Repair

If you have an old outlet that needs repairs, your best option is to replace it with a GFCI. Contact us and our Orange County electrician will inspect your outlets and the wires connected to them. The latest grounded outlets have three prongs instead of two, so if you have two-pronged outlets, that’s a good reason to have them replaced. Older outlets may also have degraded wires and contacts.

We provide emergency electrical repair in Orange County, and can reach your home within an hour, so contact us immediately if your outlets are:

  • Hot
  • Sparking
  • Cracked
  • Burnt
  • Buzzing

Flickering lights can also mean there is an outlet problem. An outlet may be outdated and not able to keep up with the demand, which can reduce power output and put your home at risk of a fire. New air conditioners, microwaves, computers, washer/dryers, and hot tubs may require you to install new outlets to support increased demand yet reduce the risk of harm to your family and home.

Professional Orange County Electrician vs. DIY Repair

Installing a GFCI outlet requires a certain level of skill. If you try to install one yourself, you risk making mistakes, causing damage, and sustaining an electric shock. Our Orange County electrician is experienced with correctly installing outlets and plugs and can even fix GFCIs when possible. If there are unexpected problems, our professional technician can quickly troubleshoot and resolve them using techniques, tools, and parts they are experienced with and have readily available.

If you need a GFCI, require outlet repair, or need an electrician for switch installation, call Express Electrical Services and our 24-hour Orange County electrician will be there to help. To request or schedule service, call our Santa Ana office or contact us online.

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