Electrical switches and outlets are used in your home multiple times a day, and keeping them in good working condition is a key to keeping your lights, gadgets and appliances running smoothly. Aligning yourself with a quality service provider will enable you to find fast switch and outlet solutions when trouble comes up, keeping your home safe and your electricity flowing. Since 1983, homeowners in Denver, CO have trusted Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. for all of their electrical needs.
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What Are Some Types of Electrical Fixtures?
The term "electrical fixture" can refer to anything from wiring and electrical outlets or switches to lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. While most electrical fixtures are fairly easy to install, any electrical work, especially installation, can be extremely dangerous if not done correctly. You can trust the trained professionals at Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. to properly and safely install or repair all your home's electrical fixtures, including:
- Electrical Outlets
- Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
- Ceiling Fans
- Light Switches
- GFI and GFCI Outlets
- And More!
What Can Go Wrong with Outlets and Switches?
Electrical outlets and switches can take quite the beating over a period of time, and the time will come when you need yours repaired or replaced. Loose connections can cause your lights to flicker or appliances to run inconsistently. If there are continuous short circuits in certain outlets or switches, you may end up with melted plastic or wires that can be a fire hazard. Power surges are another potential source of outlet and switch problems, as the sudden surge in electricity can cause damage that requires professional repair or replacement.
Professional Repair and Replacement
If your switches and outlets aren’t working properly anymore, or there are obvious signs of damage, it’s best to leave any repairs or replacement work to licensed electricians. A loose connection may be an easy fix for a professional electrician, but the DIY approach can lead to electrocution, a serious fire or damage to other areas of your electrical system. If you get into your own light switch and outlet repair, you may run into a problem with your insurance company if you ever have to make a claim and it’s discovered you did your own work. For these reasons and many more, leave the work to the pros.
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About GFCI Protection
One way you can protect against electrical shock in your home or workplace is to have GFCI outlets installed. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter and is similar to GFI outlets (ground force interrupter).
GFCI outlets will sense if someone is about to get a shock from a power surge or other reason, and cut the power before that can happen. These kinds of outlets work well in areas that water is used, like kitchens and bathrooms. Having GFCI or GFI outlets strategically placed in your home will enhance the safety factor even more.