Why are GFCIs important in outdoor electrical installations?

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Many homeowners use electric-powered tools and equipment for DIY yard work like mowing, running, trimming or pressure-washing etc. This also makes it necessary to have a sufficient number of electrical outlets in the indoor areas of your property; it will help you complete these jobs in a stress-free way. And while it’s important to have electrical outlets, it’s also very important to have GFCIs installed there.

A GFCI outlet provides a protective layer for your equipment and appliances and protects them from electrical surges. Here are some tips from us at Quick Connect Electrical for installing electrical outlets and GFCI’s in yard and garden spaces.

  • Most homes come with a fixed number of electrical outlets and sometimes their positioning may not work well when you are using any electrical tools like mowers etc. The equipment cables are of a certain length and may not reach all the areas in your landscape. Before you get these GFCI installations, take detailed measurements of all the areas that you will need to use your electric-powered tools; this will help you identify where the GFCIs should be installed.
  • GFCIs can detect if there are any electrical surge problems in the particular circuit and will shut off the circuit immediately. This is a very important feature in outdoor areas as water and moisture may be present here and this increases the risk of electrical problems.
  • It’s also important to get outdoor switch covers fixed on the GFCIs and these provide an additional layer of protection to your electrical outlets. When you are plugging in any appliance or device into these outlets, you would have to first manually pull up these covers.
  • When you are installing additional outlets or GFCIs, you should make it a point to double-check whether the existing wiring is able to bear the load of the extended outlets and the equipment that is to be used there. If GFCIs or outlets are installed on circuits that already have a heavy load that can stress the system and result in trips or a fire hazard on your property.

It’s important to keep in view that GFCI installation isn’t something you should try to handle yourself as it isn’t a job for a novice. If you are planning on getting some outdoor electrical outlets and GFCIs installed, call us for these services. We will send out a skilled and experienced electrician over to your location; he will assess the existing electrical installations and provide solutions that work best for you.

We provide excellent, customised GFCI installation and replacement services to our customers at very cost-effective pricing. For any more information on circuit breakers, how they work and where you need to install them, call us today. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894.

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