Few homeowners think to repair or replace the wall outlets in their home. However, a broken or worn out outlet can be dangerous to you and your family.
Many homeowners consider outlet installation to be an easy DIY project. While outlets are not the most complex electrical system in your home, they should be installed by a licensed electrician. All electrical wiring is dangerous if done incorrectly.
If you are experiencing any issues with your electrical outlets, it is important to call an electrician to inspect your wiring and find any outlets that should be replaced.
Warning signs for broken outlets include the following:
GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupters. It is an outlet designed to cut off power to avoid dangerous electric shocks.
GFCIs monitor all the electricity passing through a circuit. If the GFCI detects any electricity escaping from the circuit, which happens when the electrical appliance is worn out, damaged, or exposed to water, the GFCI cuts power to the appliance. This split-second reaction protects you and your family from dangerous electrical shock.
Only licensed electricians should install a GFCI. Working with outlets and electrical circuits is extremely dangerous if you are not thoroughly trained.
The National Electrical code requires GFCIs for any outlet where water could come in contact with electricity, including bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outdoors, unfinished areas, and concreate floors.
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If you already have GFCIs in your home, you should be testing them monthly. To do this, simply press the TEST button on your outlet. The RESET button should pop up. If it doesn't, your GFCI is not working properly, and you are not protected from electric shock.
You use your light switches every single day. With all this use, your switches are bound to wear out over time. As with any old electrical wiring, you should repair or upgrade your light switches periodically to keep your home running smoothly and make sure your family is safe.
Dimmer switches allow you complete control over the lighting in your home.
The most obvious benefit of dimmer switches is how they can change the ambiance of your home. Whether you want dim the lights for a cozy movie night or as a subtle night light, a dimmer switch lets you customize the brightness of your room based on your preferences.
As an added bonus, dimmer switches are environmentally friendly. Instead of using the entire electrical current, dimming your lights lets you manage your energy use. The cost of installing a dimmer switch in your home can easily made up in savings on your electricity bill!
Light switches tend to have a long lifespan, but you should be aware of the warning signs that your switches should be replaced.