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Have you ever wondered why bathroom outlets differ from the ones in your living room? Have you ever noticed the button on the outlet? Have you ever needed to push that button to get power back to the outlet?
Your bathroom outlet should be a particular type of outlet that includes a GFCI. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
A ground fault occurs when a live electrical wire touches a metal outlet box or a ground wire.
Ground Fault means that this receptacle, or outlet as they are more commonly known, can detect if electrical current escapes from the intended flow.
Circuit Interrupter means that this type of electrical outlet triggers an automatic shutoff or reset switch within the circuit flow to protect you from escaping electricity.
GFCI is an electrical outlet with an extra line of defense to protect from accidental electrocution. When a GFCI outlet detects a difference in the amount of energy passing through and returning to the device, it immediately removes electricity from the circuit.
Let us say it in simple words:
If the electrical system is working correctly, the GFCI reset switch remains “on” or in the open position indefinitely. It is only when the GFCI outlet detects a loss of current (meaning electricity has found an alternate path, say through to your wet hands while using that hairdryer in the bathroom)that the GFCI switches “off” in a matter of milliseconds — to shutoff the flow of electricity and save your life by preventing you from being electrocuted.
GFI’S are required in the following locations:
When replacing two prong receptacles with no separate ground wire.
If your GFCI outlet continues to trip, you may have a short or defective GFCI outlet. It is a good idea for you to contact a licensed electrician to address the problem for you.
We are fully licensed, and we offer the following:
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If you already have GFCI outlets in these areas of your home, but they are not working correctly, call our expert electricians at 410-808-4215 for immediate electrical repair.