Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Services in Monmouth County
REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK WITH A GFCI.
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An electrical ground surge occurs when there is a break in the grounding path of your electrical system. If electrical currents take an alternate path from the wiring to the ground, serious injury and risk of fire can result. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) has a built-in sensor that detects an imbalance between the current flowing in and the current being returned. If an imbalance occurs, the GFCI will shut off the power to the outlet in a fraction of a second, preventing electrical shocks. Install one today by calling R Ronco Electric–we serve residents throughout Freehold and surrounding areas in central New Jersey.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GFCIS?
The ground fault is the most common form of electrical shock. A circuit without the protection of a GFCI will break around 20 amperes. However, it can take as little as 1/10th that amount to electrocute a person.
GFCIs are designed to trip at levels of just a few milliamperes–quick enough to avoid a serious injury. If installed and maintained correctly, the GFCI will trip as soon as a problem is detected after a tool or appliance is plugged into the outlet.
WHAT KIND OF GFCI SHOULD YOU INSTALL?
Ground fault circuit interrupters became standard in new construction codes in the 1970s for wet and damp locations such as kitchens and bathrooms. The GFCI is an essential part of your electrical system that should be maintained to help ensure your home’s safety.
There are two types of GFCIs: a receptacle type and a circuit breaker version. Your technician will help you properly install both types.
Receptacle: The receptacle GFCI is installed directly into the electrical outlets in the walls of your room. The GFCI is built into the wall outlet or connected as an attachment to a plug. The receptacle type also protects against the risk of electrical overload.
Circuit breaker: For circuit breakers, the GFCI is installed directly in the electrical panel box. The circuit breaker installation protects all the circuits that are provided, rather than protecting only particular outlets. This way, every outlet and appliance will be protected from a ground fault risk.
All ground fault circuit interrupters should be installed by a qualified electrician. If not wired properly, they may not function correctly or at all, defeating their purpose. Improper modification of your breaker box or fuses could also void a warranty.