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GFCI Outlet Installation & Replacement in Austin, TX

GFCI Outlet Replacement for Your Home

One of the best ways to protect people in your home from electrical shock is by installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlets. Mr. Electric of Austin offers GFCI outlet and installation services for homeowners in Austin, TX. GFCI outlets offer a quick and affordable way to help prevent electrical shock and ensure your home meets Texas's modern building code standards. Our experienced electricians are committed to your home’s safety with our comprehensive electrical services. According to the General Electric code, GFCI outlets must be installed within six feet of appliances, including water heaters, washing machines, sinks, and wet bars. Reach out to learn more about letting our experts install GFCI outlets in your home.
GFCI Outlet Installation & Replacement in Austin, TX

GFCI Outlet Replacement for Your Home

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  • Carbon monoxide evenly disperses in your home. It's important to install carbon monoxide detectors at knee and chest height. We recommend this height because it is at your face level when you sleep. We also advise installing combination smoke-and-carbon-monoxide detectors at ceiling height to detect any sign of smoke. Avoid hiding carbon monoxide detectors behind doors or curtains. It's critical to place all types of detectors in open areas to detect smoke or poisonous gas.
  • Mr. Electric of Austin will install smoke detectors in critical areas of your home. State and local smoke detectors laws require residents to have smoke detectors in every bedroom of their homes. You may also need to place them in your garage, hallways, and stairways. New construction laws require smoke detectors that are hooked into your electrical wiring with a battery backup system. The National Fire Protection Association states you should replace your smoke detectors every ten years. Smoke detectors’ electrical components break down over time. The most common smoke detectors include the following:

    Ionization – Ionization detectors have a continuous current that runs between electrodes. If it detects smoke, the current is interrupted and sounds the alarm.

    Photoelectric – A photoelectric detector responds to a light reduction that reaches an internal photocell. When smoke enters the unit, light is scattered and sounds the alarm.

  • he amount of smoke detectors in your home is based on the size of your property. It’s critical to place smoke detectors throughout your home. These smoke detectors should also be in working condition. Never take it for granted that your smoke detectors are working. It’s critical to test your smoke alarms every month by pressing the “test” button. If the alarm sounds, it is working correctly.
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What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

A carbon monoxide leak can happen at any time. Many people have no idea they have a carbon monoxide leak, but it can be lethal within minutes. Carbon monoxide detectors are life-saving devices that detect elevated carbon monoxide levels. It's essential to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and leave your home if you experience any of them. While the symptoms mimic the flu, it's important to take action. The most common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include the following:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleepiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Irregular breathing

Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The most common sources of carbon monoxide in a home include furnaces, gas clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, and gas ranges. It can also originate from gas or charcoal grills, car exhaust, and fuel-burning space heaters. It’s critical to operate these types of appliances in well-ventilated areas. The following tips will help keep you safe from carbon monoxide poisoning in your home:

  • Always open your fireplace flue when using it.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors outside each bedroom and on each level of your home.
  • Turn off your vehicle inside the garage.
  • Change your carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year.
  • Avoid running a generator or device with a fuel-fed motor in a small space without ventilation.
  • Purchase gas appliances or equipment with the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) seal of approval.
  • Never heat your home with a gas oven.
  • Schedule yearly inspections with our licensed appliance professionals.
  • Avoid using flameless chemical heaters indoors or in small spaces.
  • Operate your grill in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
  • Never use a malfunctioning gas appliance.
  • Use battery-operated heaters when heating.
  • Know the difference between your CO detector and your smoke detector.

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