Electrical3 Things to Consider When Installing a New Electrical Outlet

Outlets in a home won’t endure forever, especially if they are older, non-grounded models. Sometimes electrical fires can start behind the outlets, charring them, in which case you need to hurry and have them replaced and the source of the fire located and remedied. Other times, outlets will stop working because of worn-down, aging wiring. Whatever the reason, call for new electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA to put in new, modern outlets.

It’s easy to have all your electrical needs taken care of in one place: contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., where we’ve served the Puget Sound Area since 1977.

3 things you should consider with new outlet installation

  1. Don’t attempt the work on your own: This caveat applies to almost all electrical work. Because there is a large danger of receiving a high-voltage shock from untrained tampering with an electrical outlet, it is something only professionals should handle. There is also the potential for electrical fire damage later if mistakes are made with the wiring.
  2. Have GFCI outlets installed: You may not know the term “GCFI outlet” (the letters stand for “ground fault circuit interrupter”) but you have seen them in newer homes and buildings: they have the two colored buttons between the outlets sockets. These outlets work like local circuit breakers designed to stop the flow of electricity from the socket; however, the purpose isn’t to protect the electrical system like circuit breakers, but to protect people from receiving shocks from the outlet or any appliance hooked to it. For your family’s safety, make sure you have these outlets installed. Any electrician worth hiring will suggest GFCI outlets, as well as AFCI outlets to help prevent fires (this is often required by law for installation in bedrooms).
  3. Do you need wiring replacement? For an older home, installing new electrical outlets could place too much load on the wiring, leading to tripped circuit breakers and maybe even electrical fires. In some cases, you will benefit from wire replacement services so you can have the best new outlets.

At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we take the quality of our service seriously and place the confidence and trust of our customers as the most valuable commodity. Whatever you need for electrical installation in Lynwood, WA, you can count on our staff to handle it quickly and correctly.

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