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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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Latest Tips

Does my main water line need replacing?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

While commonly taken for granted, the fresh water coming into your home or business is crucial to your daily life. The main water line that carries the fresh water is typically very durable and built to last. However, several factors cause breakage in the line. Commonly, these factors include corrosion, tree roots, or just the type of plumbing pipe used when the home or commercial building was built. 

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Spring is the perfect time for an electrical safety inspection

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Electrical circuitry and panels tend to get ignored throughout the year and only get addressed when you experience a short circuit or electrical trips. As a homeowner, you may not know everything involved in the electrical circuitry of your home but there are still some questions you should ask your electrical inspector and Spring is the perfect time to do it!

No matter the size of the job, from changing out old electrical paneling to major renovations to your home or property, you should always ask your electrical inspector whether or not your home’s electrical fittings are up to date and in compliance with current regulations and building codes.

Secondly, be sure your electrical inspector pays attention to the safety of your electrical panel and makes sure that they are properly insulated to avoid electrical shock. Panels must also never be placed near damp or wet areas.

Understanding your electrical consumption is also important. Washing machines, televisions and air conditioners consume significant amounts of electricity, and it is your responsibility as the homeowner to be sure they are connected to the right circuitry to avoid electrical shorts or fluctuations in voltage.

Lastly, once the inspection is completed and any necessary repairs made, have your inspector run a double check to be sure all of your electrical circuitry is working properly. Ask your inspector to provide you with a complete report of all inspections and repairs done.

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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, Inverness, 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

Had part of a circuit series of outlets/lights stop working while running vacuum. Was very pleased with service.... courteous....professional....good blend of knowledge and interaction.

Jim M.
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Service was above and beyond excellent. Stuck with us and the power company until the true root of the problem was found. Worked around our schedule and budget restraints. Left things clean and was very respectful. Would definitely recommend him and use him again.

wayalockhart
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It was a great experience. Thanks would hire them again.

Darrell S.
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They always are so polite and come whenever I need them to - working around my schedule. A family business that cares about the little man! Great prices and excellent service! Have used them several times and will continue too!

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