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"GFCI" outlets in your Tampa area Home


A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, commonly called a GFI or GFCI, is installed on exterior outlets, or in areas where there is a water source (bathroom or kitchen sink) near the outlet. GFCI outlets in your Tampa area home are designed to protect the users of electrical appliances from electrocution because of hazardous ground faults or short circuits, by automatically turning off electricity when a fault is detected.

GFI wiring regulations only apply to newer wiring installations and new construction. Older homes are not obliged to install GFI's unless they are been rewired or a new outlet is being added in a location that would require a GFI in a new house.

GFI's interrupt the electrical supply faster than a breaker or fuse can, responding in milliseconds.

There are two types of GFI available.
One replaces a standard circuit breaker with a special GFI circuit breaker, identified by a test button on the face of the breaker. The other is a GFI protected outlet that takes the place of a regular outlet and is easily identified by its test and reset buttons.

When installed correctly, a "GFI outlet" will protect all the outlets "down line"on the same wiring circuit.

NOTE: Grounded type (three prong) outlets may not be substituted for ungrounded (two prong) outlets unless a ground wire is connected. An exception to this rule is allowed (National electric code for older wiring applications) when the outlet is protected by a ground fault interrupter (GFI).

Remember to find a Tampa Certified ASHI Home Inspector prior to closing on your new Tampa area home. Links to other Independent Home Inspectors in Florida, and outside the state, can be found from our home page.