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Baltimore County GFCI & AFCI Services

Clinton Electric: Committed to Your Safety

There are many ways to keep your home safe day to day. Near the top of the list are ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), and your circuit breaker box. These three systems protect your home from dangerous electrical fires, protect your devices and appliances from damage, and protect you from dangerous electrical shocks and potential electrocution.

At Clinton Electric, we are dedicated to keeping you and your family safe. That is why we highly recommend that you allow us to provide you with a thorough inspection of your electrical system including your GFCI, AFCI, and breaker box to ensure that you won’t have to worry about electrical hazards at home. In the event that we find you are without these important devices, our Baltimore County electricians can fully explain your options and install one that will best cater to all your specific needs.

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

A GFCI is usually, though not always, built directly into the electrical outlet. It carefully monitors the current flowing into the outlet and compares it to the current exiting the outlet. If the GFCI device ever detects a difference between the two, it immediately opens the circuit and shuts off the power. By watching for a difference in current, it can identify when power is being shorted to ground. The most obvious reason is typically water shorting out a device, however, other problems such as a conductor coming into contact with a hot electrical lead can cause a ground fault.

Importance of an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)

While a GFCI protects against regular shorts on a circuit, an AFCI protects against electrical arcing. An electric arc occurs when electrical current leaps across a gap and completes a connection. When you first plug in or unplug a device, you may see a small spark. That spark is an electrical arc and is extremely common. AFCIs protect against larger arcs that have the potential to try and arc through you or a flammable material during regular operation of the circuit. They’re highly sensitive but designed well enough to ignore tiny surges and small arcs from plugging and unplugging devices.

How a Breaker Box Can Keep You Safe

Your electrical panel monitors the amount of current on a circuit. The circuit breakers are designed with a simple bimetallic strip that heats up as current builds in the circuit. When the current reaches a level too high for the circuit to handle, the breaker will trip, cutting off power to all devices on the circuit and protecting them from runaway conditions.

Protect Your Home & Electronics Today

Let Clinton Electric help to protect your home from electrical hazards. Our Lutherville-Timonium electricians are ready to perform a full-service inspection and fix any problems in your electrical system.

Call us today at (410) 449-7292 to schedule a service.

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