When Do You Need GFI Receptacles Installed?

A GFI receptacle (Ground Fault Interrupter) is designed for use in any area where proximity to moisture can cause a safety issue. GFI receptacles are actually special outlets designed for use in rooms and areas where water is commonly found. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, powder rooms, laundry areas, and garages. They are also used near pools and hot tubs.

The GFI receptacle is designed to shut off immediately if it has been compromised with exposure to water. In fact, this style of outlet also shuts off if any electrical problem is detected. The GFI receptacle delivers one of the best safety options for homeowners today.

Testing your GFI Receptacles:


Typically, the recommendation is for homeowners to test their GFI receptacle at least once a month to make sure that it is working properly. In order to test to see if it is working appropriately, press down on the ‘TEST’ button. If the ‘RESET’ button pops up, then it is working correctly. Just press down on the ‘RESET’ button to turn it back on. If the ‘RESET’ button does not pop out, then you should contact a qualified Florida electrician to replace the device for you.

If your GFI receptacle turns off, you can generally reset it simply by pressing on the ‘TEST’ button and hitting the ‘RESET’ button. If the power does not go on, then you should contact your local Florida electrician for a replacement.

If your GFI receptacle continues to shut down on more than one occasion, especially within the same day, then you must troubleshoot to determine whether the problem is with the electrical appliance or with the GFI device. If you determine that the problem is with your GFI receptacle, then you should contact a reputable Florida electrician to replace it for you as soon as possible. Discontinue using the faulty device in order to prevent a fire from occurring.

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One Response to When Do You Need GFI Receptacles Installed?

  1. Sainath May 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Thank you so much for your self-help tips. I was seriously bumnimg out today when my bathroom receptacles stopped working. I looked in my circuit panel but missed (overlooked) the GFI. After reading your article, I looked again and YEA! I found it. If I can ever help you with a clock problem (I solve some of those over the phone with customers, too!)
    D. Dennis, Owner Anthony’s Clocks, Inc. Durham

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