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Electricity is arguably one of the most important utilities in your home. Without it, there are very few tasks you can accomplish. However, dated outlets and switches can leave families vulnerable to fires, especially those that have a lot of appliances plugged in throughout the house. If this describes your home, consider updating your electric system to keep your household safe.
At Electrician NEtwork we are the trusted electric outlet repair and replacement company in the greater Miami area. Whether your outlets are old, getting no power, or you want to upgrade to include USB ports, you can count on our electricians to find the right receptacles for your home.
Are your outlet issues a sign of a bigger problem with your home’s electrical system? Replacing old outlets is important for the safety of your North Beach home.
If your panel is greater than 25 years old, it may also be time to consider a panel upgrade or rejuvenation. North Beach Electrical Panels have a useful life of 25-35 years. We will do a complementary panel checkup with every service call.
If an electrician has determined that you need to replace the electrical outlet, it’s not all bad. While there is a cost for this service, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to upgrade your outlets and add some functionality to your North Beach home. Some common and inexpensive upgrades that can make your home safer include:
Where should I install a GFI?
A GFI outlet should be placed in areas that require electricity but are also near moisture such as bathrooms or kitchens.
box or appliance. Large amounts of energy are forced through the fuse or circuit breaker cause it to blow or trip.
How does a GFCI outlet work?
A GFI compares the current being input to the current being output. If there is a difference in current this means there could be a leakage somewhere. The GFI then cuts off the power to the leaking device which reduces the chance of getting shocked.
What is a ground fault?
A ground fault occurs when the “hot” wire touches the ground wire of a junction
Let’s say your teen is using an electric drill outside and standing with bare feet in a puddle. Not a good idea. Electricity takes the path of least resistance, which just might be from the drill along arms and legs and into the puddle. If the drill were plugged into an ordinary outlet, this could be a fatal accident.
In recent years, the National Electric Code has included requirements for special outlets where such accidents could happen: pools, garages, kitchens, bathrooms, near spas, and in some other outdoor areas. These special outlets are called “GFIs” or “GFCIs” (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). A GFI detects that the current in an appliance is no longer flowing in its proper circuit. It shuts off the current within milliseconds. In the case of our teen, if the drill were plugged into a GFI outlet, electrocution would be avoided — a life saved.
GFIs look different from ordinary outlets. They have two buttons labeled “Test” and “Reset.” You can check that a GFI is working by pressing “Test.” It should shut off current to the outlet so that the outlet no longer provides power. After the test, you can restore current to the outlet by pressing “Reset.” GFIs have a limited lifespan so test your GFIs once a month.
What is a GFI outlet used for?
GFI, or GFCI, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This device is used to protect from electric shocks from potentials faults in the electrical devices used.