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Mar 01, 2021

What You Can Do and What You Shouldn’t Do with GFCI Outlets

Did you just plug in your blow dryer, electric shaver or curling iron, but it refuses to work? Your GFCI outlet may have become overloaded. Thankfully, in most cases this frustrating issue can be solved by resetting your outlet. At Mr. Electric we provide high quality commercial and residential electrical services for property owners in the Katy and Houston, Texas area. If you are dealing with a stubborn GFCI outlet, here are some tips that can help you know what to do and not to do when handling these devices. 

What Is a GFCI Outlet and Why Are They Important? 

Ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, outlets are essential for modern homes. They are standard for new construction and for good reason. They shut down electrical power to the outlet anytime it is overloaded. This prevents electrical shock in locations with water or high moisture content. Today’s homes and commercial buildings will have GFCI outlets in kitchens, basements, garages, laundry rooms, bathrooms and similar areas. 

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When Would a Homeowner Need to Reset a GFCI Outlet?

Due to their sensitivity, GFCI outlets can shut off unexpectedly. In the kitchen, you may be charging your cell phone, using a laptop that is plugged in and trying to prep dinner in a crockpot or toaster oven. If you are getting ready in the morning, you may have a light mirror, curling iron, blow dryer or other devices plugged into a single outlet. However, GFCI outlets also come equipped with a reset button conveniently located on the cover. This will keep you from running to the breaker box as often. 

How to Properly Reset Your GFCI Outlet

The first step is to figure out why your circuit was overloaded. After all, if you continue to use the same devices after resetting it, then you will likely shut it off again. Next, you will need to push the red button on the cover labeled “reset”. It should make a clicking sound to indicate it has been pushed. Plug a single device back into the outlet to test it. If you notice signs of electrical issues, like lights on internal blackout or strange electrical burn smells, then it is best to call an electrician in Houston TX who can assess the cause of your trouble.

Do You Need an Outlet Repair or Replacement? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Did you try to reset your GFCI outlet, but it still refuses to work? Have you realized that your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or basement isn’t equipped with GFCI outlets? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are always ready to come to the rescue with our 24 hour emergency electrical repair services. Contact our office for more information about our wide selection of offerings or to schedule an appointment for your next electrical inspection, wiring upgrade or GFCI circuit installation or repair in Katy, Houston, Texas or a surrounding metro area community. 

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