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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 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 milli amps. 100 milli amps is a very small 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 milli amps 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

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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Why is my main breaker on the breaker panel tripping all the time

Monday, April 17, 2017

Any of these issues can cause significant injury or death by electrocution or fire. If that consistent breaker tripping occurs in your home, try turning the breaker off and then on again. If it stays on, the issue may be resolved. If not, and the breaker still trips, try to determine which part of the electrical system is causing the problem. Your safety is of utmost importance. With any electrical issue, calling your electrician (and hey we know a awesome one...you can find that awesome electrician here) first can keep you out of serious danger.

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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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Great company! He called and came out right away. They were on time, did a good job and gave me a good price! Very happy!

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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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Very dependable, professional, friendly and just good at what he does. John wired an addition for us and repaired my breaker box. He is friendly and trust worthy. I had no problem leaving full access to our home while we were away. I highly recommend him and his phone number will remain in my contacts. Job well done! Thanks again.

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