Most homeowners understand that water and electricity do not mix.
In fact, since the early 1970s, The National Electrical Code (NEC) has established code requirements that individual states adopt.
Today, there are many other areas of your home where GFCI outlets and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters are required, especially in areas where the risk of electrical shock increases due to possible exposure to risk factors such as water.
The expert electricians at Spartan Electrical Service have the experience in replacing GFCI and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters.
With 20-years of experience working on a range of projects from minor fixes to full commercial building electrical planning and installation, our team has the knowledge, expertise, and professionalism to get the job done right the first time.
Regardless of the size or scope of the project, we go above and beyond to communicate with our customers clearly, complete all projects on time, and strive for perfection every step of the way.
Customers from Piedmont to New Castle and Choctaw to Tuttle depend on our expertise – and so can you!
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?
When you look at a residential electrical outlet, it is a simple set up. There are two three-prong electrical inputs. These are located on the walls of most rooms in your home.
If you walk into a bathroom, kitchen, or other room with running water close, you will notice a unique type of outlet with a button and sometimes a light.
This is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. The GFCI is intended to detect a variance in the electrical current – and automatically shut off power to the protected section of the circuit.
They are required in locations where dampness, running water, or moisture is present. Typically, you will find them on kitchen countertops, outdoor plugs, bathrooms, and with pool or hot tub locations.
What is an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)?
An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is very similar and is part of your home’s electrical system and trips the AFCI circuit breaker when it detects electrical arcs due to possible damage from rodents or deterioration of wiring insulation that is a serious issue within the home wiring.
Loose connections, which can develop over time, can sometimes become hot enough to ignite house fires. An AFCI selectively distinguishes between a harmless arc (incidental to the normal operation of switches, plugs, and brushed motors) and a potentially dangerous arc (that can occur, for example, in a lamp cord that has a broken conductor).
As noted above, these electrical outlets and circuits are intended to be a safety system that will ‘trip’ or activate when an electrical fault near water is detected, or other potentially harmful arcs are detected.
This means if a GFCI is tripped other outlets in the home may not work, it is possible that the GFCI or AFCI is the root cause and simply needs to be rest.
This is worth trying but does not always FIX the issue.
Our electricians in Oklahoma City offer multiple GFCI and AFCI outlet services, including:
• GFCI and AFCI Outlet Replacement
• GFCI and AFCI Circuit Breakers Failure Diagnosis and Troubleshooting
• Indoor GFCI and AFCI Outlet Installation
• Outdoor GFCI and AFCI Installation and Troubleshooting
Tips For Managing GFCI & AFCI Outlets
If you suddenly notice that an outlet or major appliance stops working, the issue may be related to a GFCI or AFCI outlet or circuit breaker that has ‘tripped’ – or is stopping the flow of electricity to the outlet.
In some instances, it is a minor electrical fault that tripped the GFCI and can be resolved quickly by you the homeowner. There are a few things you can do to proactively resolve this issue.
First – Locate all GFCI and AFCI outlets at Your Property
There are usually GFCI and AFCI breakers in your bathrooms, kitchens, garage, wet bars, laundry rooms, and outside. A good idea is to make a “map” of your home, and list all the locations where GFCI outlets exist.
Second – Discover the Location of the Broken Outlet
If an electrical outlet stops working, break out your map and locate the two closest GFCI outlets. Most of the time, the GFCI nearest to that failed outlet will be tripped – meaning the button will not be pressed in.
Some GFCI’s and AFCI’s will illuminate to let you know they have activated the failsafe.
Third – Reset the GFCI or AFCI and Review the Damaged Outlet
If you find the GFI or AFCI has tripped, simply press the reset button until it clicks. Once this has been completed, see if the electrical power has been restored to the faulty outlet.
While these steps can help restore power, it is quite possible a serious electrical issue or exposure to moisture exists. This is something that should not be taken lightly. A phone call to Spartan Electrical Services should be your next step.
Dedicated to Quality and Exceeding Expectations
The experts at Spartan Electrical Services offer residential GFCI and AFCI outlet inspections, replacement, and repair of electrical faults that cause these issues.
We can complete GFI and AFCI services for both older and newer residential properties. Regardless of the size or scope of the project – we are ready to take on the job.