In one of our previous blogs, we talked about how installing GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter outlets) is a great idea for the more hazardous areas of your home. These kinds of outlets will protect you from getting shocked in the cases of ground faults or electrical current leaks, and they are important for any area of your home where water could potentially come into contact with your electrical outlets. However, GFCIs can’t do anything for you if they aren’t working properly, and yours should be tested at least once a month. The following is a guide from our electrician in Cincinnati, Ohio on how to test if your GFCIs are in good working order:
- Prepare your GFCI outlet for testing by pressing the reset button.
- Insert either a plug tester or a lamp into the outlet, and turn it on.
- Now, push the button labeled “test” on your GFCI. The lamp or the plug tester light should now turn off.
- Push your GFCI’s reset button, and the light should come back on again.
If you have pushed the “test” button and the light doesn’t turn off, then you have a problem. This could be a sign that your GFCI has either been damaged or it isn’t wired correctly, and it therefore won’t protect you against any shocks. Be sure to replace any GFCIs that aren’t working the way that they should right away. Testing your GFCIs every month will give you peace of mind in knowing that you are continually protected against electrical shocks.