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What Kind Of Outlet Should Be In Your Bathroom?

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If you have blown an outlet in your bathroom, you want to make sure it gets replaced as soon as possible. That makes it hard for you to blow your hair dry, get ready for the day, or anything else you need to do. If you are going to get it replaced, you want to make sure that you get it replaced with the right kind of outlet. Although outlets work in the same basic way, there are different kinds of outlets. One that is commonly used for your bathroom is a GFCI outlet. What is this outlet and why do you need one in your bathroom?


GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupt. The outlets basically have a circuit breaker built right into them. If you look at the outlet, you will notice that they are three prong outlets, which means that they are grounded outlets This just makes them a little safer. You will also notice that under each socket, there is a button. The button may be green, or it may say something like "on" or "off". Those buttons act just like the switches in your breaker box. As long as the button is depressed, the circuit works. If the button pops up, the circuit breaks, and no power runs to the outlet. These outlets are generally in the bathroom, kitchen, outdoors, or anywhere that is exposed to moisture. Moisture getting into the outlets or an electrical device falling into a puddle can cause an overload to the system. 

Quicker Reaction Time

One reason to have a GFCI outlet in your bathroom is that it has a quicker reaction time to an overload or excessive draw on the circuit. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that the GFCI outlet has a much lower current level. It only handles the amount of current necessary to run that outlet. It can react quicker to any small change and shut the circuit down immediately. The larger circuit that the outlet is attached to has to carry a larger load. Because of this, f there is a change because of an overload, it can take a little longer to cut the circuit and a slightly larger overload can run through the circuit before the breaker switches off. This carries a larger risk of something happening to the electrical system of your house. 

If you need to replace the outlet in your bathroom, you need to make sure that you get the right kind of outlet installed. Contact an experienced commercial electrician for proper servicing.