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GFCI and AFCI Outlets and Service in Chicago, IL
Because electricity has the potential to be quite dangerous if not used properly, there are a lot of different safety devices integrated into modern electrical systems. Some of these you may not even be aware of or give any thought to, despite the fact that they are present in your home. If your electrical system is out of date, you may not have GFCI or AFCI outlets installed in your home. You should, though, as these are not only required by codes in certain areas of the home, but they serve to keep you and your property safe from issues cause by electrical faults.
GFCI outlets and AFCI outlets have become quite common in homes, but there is often some confusion among homeowners as to what purpose these different devices serve. They actually protect against two very different dangers, as you'll learn below. If you need any GFCI or AFCI outlet services in Chicago, IL, we're the electricians to call. We will make sure that your outlets are installed in the right areas of your home, and that everything is up to code. Contact Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling with any questions that you may have.
What’s the Difference Between GFCI and AFCI Outlets?
A GFCI outlet is a ground fault circuit interrupter. A ground fault occurs when electricity takes an improper path to ground itself. The danger of this is that the path may be directly through a human body. GFCI outlets measures voltage from the hot side of the outlet against that of the neutral side. If there is a discrepancy in these levels, the GFCI outlet will trip, and will have to be reset before it will put out more electricity. An AFCI outlet operates in a similar manner, but instead protects against arc faults. These may occur as a result of loose connections or damaged wiring, and are a serious fire hazard. GFCI outlets are required in areas where water is a concern, such as outdoors and in bathrooms, while AFCI outlets are now required in most living areas.
Only Professional Electricians Can Install and/or Replace These Outlets
This should really go without saying, but you cannot wire your AFCI our GFCI outlets into your electrical system on your own. Doing so requires the tools, training, and expertise that only professional electricians can offer. If you are adding a room onto your home and need these outlets installed, or if you want to replace older outlets with this type of equipment, call upon a member of our team. That way, you’ll have no doubts about the fact that your outlets and electrical system at large are functioning properly and are safe to use.
You May Need AFCI/GFCI Outlet Repairs or Maintenance Eventually
Do you have AFCI or GFCI outlets that seem like they are interrupting the flow of power every single time you are using them? If so, there could be a problem with the receptacle itself. If this is the case, give us a call. We can handle any AFCI or GFCI outlet repairs that you may need. We can also test your outlets for proper function as part of your routine maintenance service. Our knowledge truly is extensive, and nothing is more important to us than your 100% satisfaction. Call now if you have any questions regarding the use or purpose of AFCI/GFCI outlets.