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 The GFCI Page


The GFCI

The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is one of the most important parts of the modern electrical system. It is also one of the most misunderstood. It is often thought to be an Overload (Circuit Breaker) device. It is in fact very different.

It does not open (or "Pop") from "using too much Electricity", and that is not it's purpose. It is a meant to be a Life Saving Device that continually senses imbalances in an electrical circuit. When it senses a Ground Fault , or current leaking to ground (or through you!) it is designed to open the circuit within as little as 1/40 of a second before it could harm someone. For these to function properly they have to be wired in a very specific manner. The screw terminals on them are made to be connected to the wires in 1 way only if these wires are not connected the right way the Device will not function properly. The outlet may seem to work, but there will be no Protection!

GFCI Receptacle

GFCI Receptacles (or GFCI circuit breakers) are required in many locations in homes Including:
 
  • Bathrooms

  • Basements/Crawlspaces

  • Kitchen Countertops

  • Garages

  • Outside Receptacles

  • By Pools and Hot Tubs

These devices are very important for the safety of your Home and Family. They should be installed by a Qualified Licensed Electrician and tested often. If there is any doubt if they are operating properly they should be replaced before next use.

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Please read this Safety Release put out by the National Electrical Safety Foundation. Click Here

Visit the NESF site for an Interactive Instruction on how to test a GFCI Receptacle  Click Here 

From Leviton Institute:  Study Finds Many GFCI's Don't Work

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