Problems with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
One of the most common electrical problems we see in residential properties is Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) failures. These are usually tied to several outlets inside the house and are normally placed near a water source inside the house such as bathrooms, kitchen sinks, garages, and laundry rooms. When your GFCI fails it must be replaced. Before replacing check to make sure they are not properly working. Most times a simple push of the reset button will restore the power to the outlets. Attempting to reset the outlet is a simple task that can be performed by the homeowner by pushing the reset button on the outlet. As you can see in the diagram to the right the reset button is usually red and the test button is usually black. This may not always be the case, but the buttons are also labeled as reset or test.
Understanding Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
The ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground-fault within as little as 1/40 of a second. Ground Fault Circuit interrupters react faster than breakers or fuses. Which is why they are often used around water to help prevent electrical shock.
Replacing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
Ground fault circuit interrupters often go bad and need replacing. This requires removing the old GFCI and replacing it with a new one. Chatham Property Maintenance provides our clients with GFCI replacement and other electrical repairs. Call or text 912-988-3832 or you can fill out our contact us form for your free electrical repair estimate.