Baltimore-Area GFCI & AFCI Services
Clinton Electric Company: Committed to Your Safety
There are many ways to keep your home safe day to day. Near the top of the list are arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and your property's circuit breaker. These three systems protect you from fire, damage to your expensive appliances, and shocks and electrocution. Our Baltimore-based electricians are ready to perform a full-service inspection and fix any problems in your residential electrical system.
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What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?
A GFCI is generally built into the outlet itself. It carefully monitors
current flow, comparing that to the current that exits the outlet. If
the GFCI detects a difference, it opens the circuit and shuts off the
power. GFCI devices can thus identify when power is being shorted to ground.
The most obvious reason happens is from water but other issues, such as
conductors contacting hot electrical leads can cause ground faults.
The Importance of an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)
A GFCI protects against regular circuit shorts, while an AFCI prevents electrical arcs. Electric arcs occur when electrical current leaps and completes an electrical connection. Electrical arcs are common when plugging in or unplugging a device, but AFCIs protect against larger and more dangerous arcs.
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
At Clinton Electric Company, 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-based electricians can fully explain your options and install one that will best cater to all your specific needs.
Let Clinton Electric Company help to protect your home from electrical hazards. Call us today at (410) 449-7292 to schedule a service.