ElectricalThe Essentials of Circuits, Outlets, and Switches

The circuits, outlets and switches in your home get used every single day in order to provide electricity to your lights, electronics and other electric devices. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience working on all different kinds of home electrical projects. We wanted to share just some basic information about circuits, outlets and switches with our customers.

What Are Circuits?

We often throw around the word “circuits” but what does it actually mean in the context of home electrical systems. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience and we wanted to clear up any confusion that there might be about circuits.

A circuit must be a closed loop of wiring. Electricity flows from a power source, through the circuit to the different outlets and switches, then back to the source. Circuits are designed to handle a certain amount of electricity. There are safety measures in place like fuses and circuit breakers that are designed to stop the flow if there is too much electricity on the circuit.

What Are Outlets?

Outlets have changed in appearance over the years and if you’ve ever been outside the United States then you know that they can take a variety of different shapes. Typically, in homes in the U.S., circuits have two horizontal slots and then a round hole underneath. The round hole provides grounding for the outlet which is a safety feature. Some outlets have a ground-fault circuit interrupter which is a “reset” and “test” button. If there is too much electricity going through the outlet it will break the connection. If you’re having any issues with your outlets call the Edmonds, WA electrical repair pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

What Are Switches?

Switches are like manual circuit breakers—the either complete or break an electrical circuit. In the “off” position the electrical contacts inside the switch can’t meet. When you flip the switch to the “on” position, the contacts connect and allow electricity to flow through.

For all your electrical repair, installation and maintenance needs in Edmonds, WA, just call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We are dedicated to the safety of our customers and to the quality of work that we do.


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