Types of Outlets
If your home is in need of an electrical outlet upgrade, you need to be aware of the types available. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the outlet installation, you require for your home. The following can assist you in the decision of the type of outlets you may need.
The 15-amp duplex receptacle is the standard outlet in U.S. homes. It is typically served by a 14-gauge wire and protected by a 15-amp circuit breaker or fuse.
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)
GFCI outlets can be identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons on the outlet. This type of outlet protects against dangerous ground faults, which occur when an electrical current flows through an abnormal path to ground. The outlet monitors the electrical current flowing through the hot and neutral conductors for the leak of any current. The GFCI outlet will ‘trip’, turning off electrical flow if leakage reaches a hazardous level. The National Electrical Code requires GFCI outlets be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and outdoor wet areas. GFCI outlets will protect against shock in older homes with two prong plugs and no ground wire, but they will not provide protection for electronic devices. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation and/or repair you require.
AFCI (Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters) Outlet
An arc fault is a high discharge of electricity between conductors generating significant heat that can result in damage to the wire. The AFCI outlet detects the occurrence and shuts the outlet down before damage or a home fire can occur. The AFCI is designed to detect a wide range of dangerous arc faults resulting from damage to wiring circuits and or from faulty appliances and cords. The AFCI outlet is required by the National Electric Code in a number of locations in the home. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL offers reliable electrical services for all your electrical needs.
TRR (Tamper Resistant Receptacles)
Tamper resistant receptacles, also called TRR, are used in place of standard receptacles. They are required by the National Electrical Code in new construction or renovation. The outlets feature a barrier to prevent the insertion of small objects by young children. TRR’s offer permanent protection of little ones, unlike plastic outlet caps, which can be removed. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL will be glad to provide the installation that will ensure your little ones are safe.
Weather Resistant Outlets
Weather resistant outlets are designed with covers for wet outdoor locations such as pool areas, decks, patios, or other residential outdoor locations.
USB outlets are convenient for charging your phone, tablet and other electronic devices, and are becoming a standard in U.S. homes. Instead of keeping up with chargers and adapters, just plug your devices directly into the USB outlet. In addition, while devices are charging, you also have access to outlets for other use.
A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can also create a charging station in your home. A charging station allows your devices to charge without the untidy appearance of wires sprawling on counters, nightstands or tables.
Unlike standard outlets that leave plugs dangling from the receptacle, recessed outlets are set deeper into the wall, preventing plugs form extending beyond the surface. Outlets are even available that pop out of the wall, allowing you to enjoy the stylish new kitchen tile without outlets marring their appearance. In addition, they are also useful for devices that need to fit flush but are unable to do so because of a bulky plug.
The Hazards of Two-Prong Outlets
Two-prong outlets are a sign of an older home, and an outdated electrical system. They prevent you from plugging in 3-prong appliances, and ungrounded 2-prong outlets present a risk of electrical shock, and can damage your costly electronics beyond repair.
Far too often, homeowner’s replace two-prong outlets with a 3-prong outlet. This will not reduce the risk at all. The electrical system behind two-prong outlets lacks a ground wire, which is required by modern code. When your home has out dated two prong outlets, it highly likely the electrical panel also utilizes fuses, rather than modern breakers. Both are upgrades that should be provided as soon as possible.
In addition, those costly surge protector strips you placed on your electronics are useless in an electrical system without a ground wire.
Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule an installation or electrical outlet upgrade. A Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the reliable electrical services you need. Our licensed electricians are available for electrical emergencies 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region with first quality products and services. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.