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GFCI Outlets VS Older Three-Pronged Outlets

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Older outlets in the home can be lacking in features that new outlets bring to the table and hazards in the making! We explain why switching to GFCI outlets is the best action and how you can benefit from a new GFCI outlet.

What Is GFCI?

GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. It's a device that protects you from electrical shock. GFCIs detect small changes in current flow and shut off power if they detect a change, which prevents electrical shock.

GFCI Outlets are an easy way to protect yourself, your family, and your home. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter, which detects electrical problems such as short circuits or an open neutral wire. When one of these issues is detected by the GFCI, it then takes action (usually shutting off power automatically) to prevent further damage or injury. This means that if something breaks in your house or appliance, it will stop working before you notice!

Outdoor GFCI Outlets

Outdoor GFCI Outlets are a great way to make your outdoor living space safer. These outlets can be used for many things, such as on your deck, patio, or porch.

Outdoor GFCI outlets have many advantages over regular ones and should be considered if you don't already have them:

  • They are much safer than standard plugs because they will shut off automatically when a current leak (usually causes fires). This prevents fires from starting and keeps people safe from getting electrocuted while using their equipment in rain or snowstorm conditions.

  • They come in many sizes, so they fit almost any outlet that needs protection by being better protected against water damage as well as dirt which could cause problems with its performance over time if left unattended or unplugged too often due to no fault other than being forgotten about - meaning nothing would happen until then either way!

GFCI Outlets Are Safer

GFCI outlets are easy to install, inexpensive, and will save lives thanks to their electrical failsafe features.

GFCIs are designed to protect people using electricity by quickly shutting off power when it detects an imbalance of current between the hot and neutral lines. This prevents fires from starting or electricity from flowing into water sources such as sinks or toilets where it cannot be turned off easily.

While GFCI outlets have been around for many years, they should be more common in homes. They only cost a few dollars each and can prevent fires and electrical shocks in your home.

What About My Old Outlets?

So you are probably wondering how your older three-pronged outlets stack up. Well, the good news is that they currently work. Aside from functionality, that is all you get from those older outlets.

You can technically save money on not having to test your regular outlets as often as you would need a GFCI outlet or save on installation, but this comes at the cost of numerous safety features. What you save potentially in a few hundred dollars, you risk potentially setting up electrical safety hazards that can cost thousands.

All Electric Services NC is here to help with all your outlet upgrades and electrical needs, so give us a call today at (704) 459-5355