Electrical Outlet Installation in Grand Prairie, TX


Mr. Electric electrician installing a power outlet.

Let Us Install & Replace Your Electrical Outlets

Your home or business’s outlets may be older, or they can’t handle the power your appliances and electronics demand. Washers, dryers, ovens, and other heavy-duty appliances require special outlets, and high-moisture areas around your property without proper outlets can endanger your house and family. Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie can keep your family or staff safe and your home or building up to code with electrical outlet installation services at Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, and Waxahachie, TX properties. GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are an inexpensive safety solution that protects devices and people against electrical shock risk. We can install GFCI outlets to ensure your electronics and family members don’t risk electrical shock when operating electronic devices. These outlets also ensure your house or building is up to modern building code standards. You can schedule GFCI installation replacements with our highly trained and licensed electricians.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

Modern building codes for commercial and residential structures require GFCI outlets in areas with the highest electrical shock risk, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. You can spot GFCI outlets by the “Test” and “Reset” buttons on their receptacles. Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie recommends GFCI outlets to keep your home up to code and enhance its electrical safety, preventing shocks, fires, and other injuries and damage. These outlets protect you and your electronic devices against electrical hazards by monitoring the electricity flow running through a circuit. The GFCI immediately shuts off power in your outlet whenever it detects an electricity flow imbalance. Our technicians’ skills and expertise allow them to install these outlets quickly and carefully, ensuring adequate protection against damage and harm.

How Do I Operate a GFCI Outlet?

After Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie completes your electrical outlet installation, you’ll have a fairly simple time using your new outlets. If we install a GFCI outlet, you won’t find many differences between operating a GFCI outlet and any regular outlet. If your GFCI power outlet stops power flow while operating normally and in regular conditions, you only need to press the "Reset" button to continue power flow. These outlets are significantly more reliable than relying on your electrical panel’s circuit breaker to detect an imbalance and stop current flow. GFCI outlets are significantly more sensitive to small current variations and react upon detection. In fact, manufacturers design these outlets to stop power flow before an electric shock can affect your heartbeat if one occurs. This critical safety function protects your life and wellness, so testing all your home's GFCI outlets is crucial every month.

How to Test Your GFCI Outlet’s Performance

Testing your GFCI outlet performance is a simple task any person can perform. However, like any other service involving your home’s electrical system, you must follow all steps carefully and never diverge from professional instructions. Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie’s highly trained and experienced electrical technicians can guide you through the process over the phone or during a scheduled appointment at your home. We’ve explained the simple steps to test your GFCI outlet below for you to check its performance. We advise you to contact us to schedule a GFCI replacement if your outlet fails any part of the testing process:

  1. Press the “Test” button on your receptacle to stop electrical flow.
  2. Plug in a small electrical device that requires minimal power to run, such as a night light, to verify there is no current flowing to your receptacle.
  3. You can return the power flow to your outlet by pressing the "Reset" button.

Areas Where GFCI Outlets Are Required

Since 1971, building codes for residential structures have required GFCI outlets in homes. These outlets were initially mandated to install at homes for swimming pool equipment and along outside walls surrounding a pool. Today, building codes require GFCI outlets in various areas inside and outside your home, especially where electrical shock risk is higher due to factors like possible exposure to water. You are required to install GFCI outlets in the following areas:

  • Pool and spa areas (since 1971)
  • Your home’s exterior (since 1973)
  • Bathrooms (since 1975)
  • Kitchen countertops (since 1987)
  • Unfinished basements and crawlspaces (since 1990)
  • Wet bars (since 1993)
  • Utility and laundry sinks (since 2005)

What Are GFCI Outlets’ Limitations?

Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie gladly installs GFCI outlets as one of our various electrical services to households in cities like Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, and Waxahachie, TX. However, these outlets do have limitations you need to know. We warn you never to use a GFCI outlet as a receptacle for a freezer or refrigerator. The electromagnetic interference these appliances generate can trip these outlets and stop power flow immediately. GFCI outlets don’t apply to most dryers and stoves because these heavy-duty appliances require 240-amp power outlets. Toaster ovens, hair dryers, irons, and many other small appliances with heating elements can trip GFCI outlets. Finally, a GFCI outlet will be tripped by connecting an extension cord and plugging in too many electronic or electrical devices to it.

Upgrade With Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie

Many older homes have been with GFCI outlets for years or decades, endangering families, devices, and appliances with increased electrical shock risks. If you need to install GFCI outlets in your home, don’t wait to contact Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie. Our technicians work quickly and carefully to install  GFCI outlets correctly the first time, and waiting only exposes your home and family to potential damage and injuries. GFCI outlets are inexpensive devices that can potentially save your life. Our technicians work with you to ensure your home meets the latest residential building code requirements to keep your family and electronics safe. Contact us today to schedule an outlet installation or replacement at your home.