Have you ever noticed that the electrical outlets in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of your home look different than those in other areas?

They are different.  The outlets in those areas are called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, or GFCI outlets.  They are commonly used and indeed required in areas where electrical current may come in contact with water (see below).

Here are a few key things to know.

Why Are They Important?

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) can help prevent electrocution. If a person’s body starts to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and cuts off the power before he/she can get injured. So, they are obviously extremely important.

How Do They Work?

The GFCI monitors the difference in the amount of electricity flowing into the circuit to that flowing out. The GFCI reacts quickly (as quick as 1/30th of a second) to trip or shut off the power.

Where Are They Required?

Traditionally, they have been required in kitchens, bathrooms, outside outlets, garages, and unfinished basement areas.  New electrical codes now also require them for furnace equipment, sump pumps, ejector pumps, and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and disposers.

What Can You Do?

First, make sure you have GFCI outlets in all the required areas.  Second, while these outlets can last up to 25 years, you should test them.

Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric Can Help You with GFCI Outlets

The licensed electricians at Ravinia Plumbing can help you determine where you need GFCI outlets and then install them, as well as replace defective ones.  Our customers have relied on us since 1928 (that’s 96 years!) for quality products, knowledgeable technicians, and superior service, including 24/7/365 emergency service. That is why we’ve made a name for ourselves as the most trusted plumbing, sewer, heating and air conditioning, and electrical company in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.