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Updating the electrical system of an older home is essential for handling the increased electrical loads from modern appliances and systems. One of the most important upgrades to make for a house or business is to change out older outlets for newer ones that increase safety: GFCI and AFCI outlets. New codes require specialty outlets in kitchens and bathrooms as well at the exterior. Unlike the circuit breakers in the electrical panel, which are designed to prevent damage to the electrical system, these outlets protect people from high voltage shocks and dangerous electric arcs.
Resicon LLC has an Electrical Contractors license for the State of Washington and we have served many government contracts. We’re OSHA 10-certified and have extensive knowledge of how to keep buildings up to the local electrical code. We’re the electricians to trust in Tacoma, WA and the surrounding Puget Sound Region to make vital electrical upgrades to your home or business, such as installing and replacing GFCI and AFCI outlets. Call us today to schedule electrical services in Tacoma, WA and the surrounding area.
The GFCI Outlet
GFCI stands for ground–fault circuit interrupter. A GFCI outlet is designed to protect people from receiving high voltage shocks through either the outlet or an appliance plugged into it. The outlet is easy to recognize from the two buttons between the plugs marked "reset" and test."
A GFCI outlet monitors the flow of voltage from the right or "hot" slot on the outlet to the left or "neutral" slot. If there is an imbalance between these two, it means electricity from the hot side is escaping into the ground—and that usually means it’s moving through a person. The outlet immediately trips a circuit to stop the electrical flow. The reaction time is fast, less than one–thirtieth of a second. GFCI outlets should be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and all sleeping rooms.
The AFCI Outlet
AFCI stands for arc–fault circuit interrupter. It is similar in many ways to the GFCI outlet. It is designed to detect a short within the outlet, when an electric arc occurs between the circuitry. This helps prevent possible electrical fires. The outlet monitors the current and can distinguish unwanted arcing from harmless arcs. When it does detect unwanted arcing, the outlet breaks a contact and stops the electric flow. The electrical codes determine where AFCI outlets need to be installed. You often find them in living rooms and areas where powerful appliances must be plugged in.
Rely on Our Professional Electricians in Tacoma, WA
You must never allow an amateur (and that includes yourself) to tamper with outlets, whether it’s an attempt to repair one or to upgrade one. So if you live in an older home that doesn’t have GFCI and AFCI outlets—or even three–prong grounded outlets—call on our licensed and experienced electricians to handle the upgrade. We’ll see it’s done safely.
In addition to working with both GFCI and AFCI outlets, the electricians at Resicon LLC provide full electrical service upgrades and electrical panel upgrades to older buildings. We’ll see your home or business remains up to code and has the electrical power it needs to function. Call us today to arrange for service in Tacoma, WA or the surrounding Puget Sound Region.