GFCI Outlet Installation in Charlotte, NC

Keep Your Property Safe with GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlets are critical to the safety of your home. Mr. Electric of Charlotte Metro provides GFCI outlet installation services in Charlotte, NC. GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupters, lower the risk of electrical shock in your home or business. Our expert electricians often install these types of outlets in areas with frequent water, including the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. Our team can inspect the outlets on your property to recommend the perfect places to install GFCI outlets. Contact us to learn more.

Mr. Electric electrician inspecting outlet

What Is the Purpose of a GFCI Outlet?

A GFCI outlet has “Test” and “Reset” buttons to set them apart from typical outlets. They offer innovative safety features that monitor the amount of electricity flowing through every outlet on your property. The outlet trips and grounds any outlet that uses excess electricity. A GFCI outlet can save your life if an electrical product is dropped into water. It can cut off your electricity within 1/30th of a second.  

Testing Your GFCI Outlets

We recommend testing your GFCI outlets to determine if they are working correctly. If they are not working, you need to learn to reset them. The easy steps to test your GFCI outlet include the following:   

  1. Push the “Test” button to cut off the flow of electricity.
  2. Plug in a nightlight or other small electronic device.
  3. Push the “Reset” button to restore power.

GFCI Outlet Requirements

GFCI outlets were traditionally only required near bodies of water, including swimming pools and hot tubs. The National Electric Code now requires them in almost every regularly wet or moist room. The areas that need GFCI outlets include: 

  • Swimming
  • Pools
  • Spas
  • Garages
  • Kitchens
  • Wet Bars
  • Exterior Outlets
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces
  • Unfinished Basements
  • Laundry Rooms

GFCI Outlet Areas to Avoid

GFCI outlets are not well-suited for every area in your home or office. They should not be installed near devices that produce small amounts of heat or electromagnetic fields. Small devices that produce a small electromagnetic field may cause the GFCI outlet to trip. You should also avoid plugging power strips into these outlets to help them work at optimal levels.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Home’s GFCI Outlets

The most significant benefit of upgrading your home’s GCFI outlets is that it gives you peace of mind knowing you are safer from electrocution. Another advantage of installing upgraded outlets is that the Inflation Reduction Act offers homeowners energy rebates for energy upgrades. If you qualify, you can get up to $840 for electric load service panel upgrades and up to $4,000 for upgraded electrical panels. We’re here to answer any questions about these upgrades and rebates.

Request GFCI Outlet Installation 

If you live in an older home or simply need outlet upgrades, Mr. Electric of Charlotte Metro is here for you. GFCI installation services are quick and easy. Our energy experts will help determine if and where you need new GFCI outlets. Contact us today to get a free quote or schedule an appointment.