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The Importance of GFCI Outlets & How to Test Them

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets are a crucial component of any electrical system, and they are especially important in homes. These outlets are designed to protect people from electric shock, and they are required by the National Electrical Code in areas that are prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas.

Why GFCI Outlets Matter

GFCI outlets are designed to detect any ground faults or imbalances in the electrical flow. If the GFCI outlet detects an imbalance, it will automatically shut off the power to prevent electric shock. This is why GFCI outlets are so important, as they provide a layer of protection against electric shock that can be life-saving. Without GFCI outlets, people can be exposed to potentially dangerous levels of electricity.

How to Test GFCI Outlets

It is important to regularly test your GFCI outlets to make sure that they are functioning properly. Testing is a simple process that can be done in a few minutes. First, locate the “Test” and “Reset” buttons on the outlet. Push the “Test” button and the outlet should shut off. After testing, push the “Reset” button to restore power to the outlet.

When to Replace GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlets should be replaced every 7 to 10 years, as they can become worn over time and may not provide the same level of protection. Additionally, if you experience any issues with your GFCI outlet, such as tripping or not shutting off when tested, then it should be replaced as soon as possible. Call ARC Electric Company immediately if you are experiencing shorts or power failures in your outlets. We provide GFCI installation, repair, and testing services in the Charlotte area and can make sure that your GFCI outlets are up to code and functioning properly.

Need help with GFCI Outlets? Call ARC Electric Company!

GFCI outlets are an essential part of any electrical system, and it is important to make sure that they are functioning properly. If you don’t have them, ARC Electric can help install them for you. Regular testing and replacement of GFCI outlets are necessary to ensure that your family is safe from electric shock. Keep your electrical system up to code and safe for your family. Our skilled Charlotte electricians can help with inspecting your electrical system, replacing outlets, updating fixtures, and so much more. Contact us today!