When your Mainstream electrician arrives at your home, they will first explain all of your options before starting repairs, that way you can make an informed decision before we start a thing.
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Expert advice from licensed and certified technicians
We'll only sell you what you need to get the job done right
We stock enough parts in our trucks to handle the majority of repairs on the spot
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What's the Difference Between GFCI & AFCI Outlets?
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
GFCI outlets are most common in rooms with plumbing, like bathroom or kitchen sinks., These outlets are designed to protect people from severe electric shocks.
Ground faults are an abnormal, unintentional electrical path that directs current into the ground. Ground faults happen when an electrical current escapes a home’s insulated wires as a result of damaged wires. A GFCI outlet detects the flow of a home’s electrical currents through the wiring and senses the presence of a ground fault. If ground faults are found, the GFCI outlet shuts off the flow of electricity to prevent a person from receiving a potentially fatal shock.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI)
AFCI outlets are designed to protect your home from fires caused by arcing faults. Arcing faults occur when loose wire connections or corrosion on your wires lead to sparks or arcing, which often leads to electrical fires. AFCIs detect these arcs on the circuit and respond by cutting off electricity.
Whether you need a GFCI or AFCI outlet installed, our experts can help. Call Mainstream today!
When Should I Replace My Home’s Electrical Outlets?
If your electrical outlets are no longer able to hold the prongs of a plug, or are providing inconsistent power, it’s time to call an electrician to come fix or replace them. Broken outlets can cause serious shock and fire hazards, and should be inspected at the first sign of damage. Some signs to look for include:
When an outlet’s cover plates become cracked, some of its wires can become exposed, which presents a shock risk and fire hazard. When this happens, do not use the outlet until it can be replaced.
Sparks & Smoke
If an outlet emits sparks or smokes when an appliance is plugged into it, something is wrong. There is a good chance the outlet was exposed to water or short circuited.
When an outlet’s cover plates become cracked, its wires can become exposed, which presents a shock risk and fire hazard. When this happens, it’s best to shut off power to the outlet, or at the very least avoid using it until it can be replaced.
Cracked Outlet Plates
Signs of discoloration indicate overheating, which is a serious problem.