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GFCI Receptacles and Breakers

GFCI Receptacles and Breakers

The GFCI receptacle is one of the best inventions that have been made when it comes to electrical devices. The GFCI receptacle has been designed for one purpose, and that is to protect you and your family from electrical shock.

The GFCI can interrupt household circuits when there is a difference between the current in the hot and the neutral wires. When the GFCI detects the difference in current, the GFCI will automatically cut off. GFCI receptacles and GFCI breakers are very sensitive. A typical circuit breaker is designed to cut off at 15 or 20 amperes. However, someone can be electrocuted with 100 milliamps. 100 milliamps is a tiny number; it's a small fraction of 1.

We have been asked many times, “can less than one amp hurt or kill me?” The answer is yes. That is why it’s so important to have GFCI installed.

There are two types of GFCI protection.

  1. The GFCI receptacle
  2. The GFCI breaker

GFCI Receptacle Installation

Both GFCI circuit breaker and GFCI receptacle will detect a few milliamps and trip the breaker to remove a potential shock hazard. Not only can the GFCI protect you from electrical shock it can save your life.

It’s important to know where GFCI’s should be installed around your home and business. That is where John's Electric can help you today. GFCIs are required in your kitchen, bathrooms, garages and all outdoor outlets? There are certain rules that must be followed when it comes to GFCI breakers and outlets.

When it comes to GFCI’s, here is what is important.

  1. GFCI’s should have been tested and certified by a UL certified company?
  2. Was the GFCI installed correctly?
  3. Has the GFCI been installed where it is required?

Nothing is more important that the safety of you and your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns about the outlets and circuits that are in your home, then call John's Electric today.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

John's Electric responded promptly to my service needs and made repairs at a reasonable price. I highly recommend them for any electrical work.

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Aubrey was very helpful, explaining things as he went and making sure that everything worked good before he left.

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I was very satisfied with the service. I drilled a hole in my main service line on a holiday, and they had me up and running the same afternoon. Thanks!!

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John's Electric did a very thorough,quick and thrifty job! I would absolutely recommend them for your electrical work! Bravo!

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