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First you hear a pop. Now the coffee maker isn't working. It could be your outlet. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are safety tools that quickly shuts off power to an outlet to prevent an electrical ground fault. GFCI outlets are usually found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas prone to moisture that pose electrical hazards. The outlet that keeps "tripping," is a safety feature to prevent electrical shock.
GFCI receptacles have centrally located "test" and reset" buttons (and sometimes a notifying light) to let you know when an outlet has been tripped and to manually reset it so its operable again.
As we mentioned before, GFCI outlets trip to prevent electrical shock and fire hazards. There are 5 reasons why your GFCI is tripping:
If your outlet trips occasionally, it could be from moisture or water that splashed from a nearby sink, or from some dust bunnies carrying an electrical charge. You can usually reset the receptacle by pushing the reset button, and you're good to go. But if your GFCI outlet keeps tripping, you'll want to investigate.
First, if you are not a licensed electrician, you should probably call one. Cooper Mechanical Services and Cooper Electrical Services can cover nearly all home and commercial electrical issues. If you feel comfortable investigating further, here's what to look for:
Worn or Missing Insulation: Gaps or missing insulation in the wall allows moisture, dust, and debris to leak in and trip the outlet. Make sure housing is sealed tightly against the wall.
Power Overload: If there are too many appliances plugged in, you may be overloading the outlet and causing it to trip. Disconnect some and see if this helps. If so, look at having a professional install additional GFCI outlets nearby. A leakage current clamp meter is a handy tool to measure leakage.
Faulty Receptacle or Deteriorated Wiring: GFCIs won't last forever. The average lifespan is 15-20 years, so if it is an older receptacle, simply replacing it may fix the problem. However, if the issue stems from bad electrical wiring, the solution is a bit more complex and a professional electrician is required.
Cooper Mechanical Services has been serving the electrical and mechanical needs of the Grand Strand since 1989. Our professional electricians are knowledgable, dependable, and qualified to do electrical design, installation, and repair that meets all building code standards. If you have an issue with a GFCI outlet, or even something larger, call a family-owned and operated company you can trust. Call Cooper.
Here’s a little known fact: The EPA ranks indoor air pollution as a Top 5 Environmental Danger. We often think about the pollution outside of our home, but that’s the same air circulating around our rooms, not to mention the pollution we add to it from inside the house. Indoor smoking, cooking, pets, and microscopic particles from organic materials compound the issue to sometimes make our indoor air worse than that outdoors. We’ve highlighted ways to get at the sources of poor indoor air quality before, but in this post, we’d like to highlight one of the technological advancements in the HVAC industry for cleaning your indoor air: the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier.
The REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier targets 3 classes of pollutants: particulates, microbes, and gasses. The purifier is installed in your system’s duct near your home’s central air intake. As air enters the duct and passes by the REME HALO, it is hit with hydrogen peroxide plasma, a charged ionized gas that affects the pollutants in the air.
This reaction between polluted air and ionized hydrogen peroxide causes particles to cling and clump, making microscopic pollutants easier to trap in your HVAC system’s filter. The REME HALO air purifier makes your filter more effective, though it may also mean that you need to change your filter more often.
Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and more. Bad IAQ can be especially dangerous for the very young and very old. Sadly, cases of pediatric asthma have been on the rise, so taking steps to improve the air in your home is crucial to the health of your family.
While technologies like the REME HALO In-Duct Air Purifier are helpful, you should also take steps to improve IAQ by doing the following:
If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, Cooper Mechanical Services can help. We will conduct a full IAQ analysis and help you find the best ways to improve the quality of your indoor air. Cooper Mechanical Services has been providing the Myrtle Beach area with exceptional heating, cooling, ventilation, and indoor air quality service since 1989. Don’t live with poor indoor air. Call Cooper today.