A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a fast-acting device which turns off electric power when it senses an imbalance in electrical flow. It protects people from getting shocked. The unit may be a circuit breaker, or more commonly, an outlet. The outlet features a test/reset button and may have a green light.
Modern outlets self-test and will inform you when something is wrong. If your Tulsa home was built in the late 80’s, all your outside outlets and inside bathroom outlets are on one circuit, controlled by one GFCI. If all your outlets stop working, check your circuit breaker for a tripped breaker. If you have a breaker in an older home, the panel has a white test button which is the GFCI breaker. Check it to ensure the GFCI breaker is set.
The GFCI breaker and outlet are both considered up to code; however the breaker is more expensive.
In addition to GFCI’s the NEC (National Electrical Code) is requiring the use of Arc Faults. An Arc Fault senses a short in the wiring and will turn off the electricity. It goes on each individual circuit in your panel and it’s a code requirement in new homes. Currently, every receptacle needs to be arc protected, except garages and outside outlets. However, it’s anticipated that these will soon be included as well.
The NEC doesn’t require that older homes be updated to include arc faults. However, if a change is made to a circuit, the new circuit must be up to code. It may be tempting to skip this step, but it’s worth putting in the effort in now. When you decide to sell your house in Tulsa, everything must up to code and you’ll end up paying more to re-do the circuit if it’s not current. It will save you money to do it right the first time around.
For all your Tulsa electrical needs, contact Steve at Murray Electric at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com
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