Why Do I Need GFCI Outlets?

Many homeowners are not aware of the importance of having GFCI outlets in their homes in appropriate locations, nor are they aware that in many cases such outlets are required by local building codes. Once they find out about their need for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets the first question they often ask us is “Why do I need them anyway?”

The answer is simple. GFCI outlets save lives, prevent property damage, and can play a role in the reduction of your homeowner’s insurance as well.

What Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets?


GFCI outlets work by tripping an internal circuit breaker, cutting off the flow of electricity to the outlet, when a fault to the ground of the appliance that is plugged into the outlet is detected. Simply put, if the current flowing through the outlet to the appliance is channeled to a ground other than the one in the outlet, the circuit interrupter trips, and power flow is ceased until it is reset.

GFCI outlets have been around for a long time, yet many older homes in the greater Suffolk County New York area may not have them installed in all of the locations that they are required or can be the most effective (even if such locations are not mandated).

How Can GFCI Outlets Be Beneficial?


The primary intent of GFCI outlets is to help prevent accidental electrocutions, but they also can help to prevent fires and even damage to property such as electronics and other appliances.

GFCI outlets can also help to lower homeowners insurance rates if they are installed, even if they are not required by law for use in areas such as outdoor areas, basements, and laundry rooms.

Some ground fault circuit interrupter outlets also incorporate surge protection capabilities to help prevent overcurrent damage and the risk of electrical shocks to those using appliances.

TFC Electric has more than 20 years experience working with homeowners in the Suffolk County area! Call us today at 631-589-2800 and one of our expert technicians will be happy to come to your home and take a look at what your situation is and determine how we can help you.

June 29, 2018