A-Lumination Electric Installs and Replaces AFCIs and GFCIs!
There are a lot of factors that go into making sure your home is safe and secure. The most important way to ensure home safety is maintaining your fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and your circuit breaker box. They protect your home from dangerous electrical fires, protect your devices and appliances from damage, and protect you from dangerous electrical shocks and potential electrocution. The National Electric Code requires that GFCIs be installed when an outlet is located near water or in any area that could potentially create problems. These fault breakers help prevent dangerous situations by stopping an electrical surge before it impacts you or your surroundings. It is vital to your safety and your family’s safety that you have GFCIs and AFCIs installed in your home today.
What are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters?
GFCIs are usually, though not always, built directly into the electrical outlet. They carefully monitor the current flowing into the outlet and compare it to the current exiting the outlet. If a GFCI device ever detects a change between the two, it immediately opens the circuit and kills the power. GFCIs can identify when power is being shorted to ground by watching for a difference in current. One of the main reasons a GFCI shuts off power from the outlet is when water shorts out a device. However, other problems such as a conductor meeting a hot electrical lead can cause a ground fault.
In order to make sure your GFCI is working properly, you’ll need to test it at least once a month. All you need to do is press the TEST button on your GFCI and listen for a loud click. The reset button should pop out after you have heard the click. If it does, everything is working perfectly. Otherwise, you will need to shut down the circuit at the breaker box and have the outlet replaced by one of our technicians.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
While a GFCI helps prevent regular shorts on a circuit, an AFCI protects against electrical arcing. An electric arc happens when the electrical current jumps across a gap and completes a connection. The electrical spark that happens when you plug in or unplug a device is an electrical arc and is more common than you would think. AFCIs protect against larger arcs that have the potential to arc through you or a flammable material while you are using the circuit. They’re highly sensitive, but designed well enough to ignore small surges and small arcs from plugging and unplugging devices.
AFCIs need to be consistently maintained because every new electrical connection creates a small spark. Even plugging in your hair dryer or phone charger into a wall outlet will generate a small arc inside the outlet.
Call A-Lumination Electric at 407-298-1412 for all GFCI and AFCI installations and repairs!