GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are an essential safety feature in any home. The way they work is that when the internal sensor detects too much moisture, the outlet will stop supplying electricity. Since water is a conductor of electricity, this can help prevent electrocution and other related incidents and injuries. In most places, building codes now require GFCI outlets for bathrooms, kitchens, and any other room where there may be a lot of moisture. Every once in a while, it is necessary to test the GCFI outlets in your home or commercial property to make sure they are working properly.
Performing the Test
Performing a test is pretty simple. When you look at the outlet, you will see two buttons, usually placed between the plug slots: the “test” and “reset” buttons. When you press the “test” button, you should hear a clicking noise, to signal that the power was cut off. To really make certain, you can bring a small night light or lamp to plug in while you perform the test. If the device turns off when you press the button, the outlet has passed the test! If any of your GFCI outlets don’t pass testing, call TriStar Electric right away to schedule a time for us to come out and take a look!
Using a GFCI Tester
As an alternative to the “hi-tech” night light test, you can purchase a GFCI tester from your local home improvement store. These devices are rather simple, with LED indicator lights that tell you whether the outlet is functioning as expected or not. You can also use the tester to see whether or not your standard outlets are working properly.
GFCI testing should be performed once per month. While that may sound like a lot, it is important for the safety of your property, and your family. And again, if at any time you think something might be awry with your GFCI outlets, call TriStar Electric right away!
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