Electrical socket types
Installing new electrical outlets is not an activity recommended for do-it-yourselfers or would-be home electricians. There is considerable danger associated with installing a new outlet or rewiring an old one. That's why you should contact us at Modern Wiring, so our safety-conscious specialists can do the job for you promptly and effectively. There are actually several different types of electrical outlets which can be installed in your home, including all the following:
- Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets – these are generally installed in outdoor areas or in areas of the home which are typically damp. The GFCI will detect whatever current is flowing down an unintended pathway, for instance, through water or even through a person. It will then cut the electric power circuit, which is responsible for providing electricity to that specific outlet.
- AFCI outlets – arc fault circuit interrupters are special kinds of outlets that prevent having electricity arc between wires and starting a fire.
- Smart outlets – these can be associated with your smartphone, and are actually managed exclusively through your smartphone, to be turned on and off.
- USB outlets – these types of outlets are receptacles for USB cords and are normally situated alongside two standard receptacles.
- Switched outlets – these types of outlets are capable of replacing one or more of the receptacles with an actual switch.
- 20 amp outlets – these types of outlets are intended to handle devices that require extra power, all without causing the circuit breaker to be tripped. These kinds of outlets are generally installed where heavy appliances will be used, for instance, in washrooms, utility closets, and kitchens.
Keep your household outlets safe
It's very important to make sure that you have the proper kind of electrical wiring and the right types of outlets installed in your household. If your outlets are not up to standard, or if they're old and frayed, it can cause electrical shocks or even fires to be started within your home. To be sure that your outlets are safe, and that you have an adequate number of outlets to provide service for all your electrical demands, contact us at Modern Wiring.
Need more electrical outlets installed?
At Modern Wiring, our specialists are frequently called upon to add more electrical outlets to residences because nowadays there is simply much greater usage of electronic devices and appliances. If your household wiring is not quite up to the task of providing all the power needs you have, contact us so we can assess your home and install extra outlets along with any additional wiring which may be needed. We service clients throughout the region, which includes Puyallup, South Hill Puyallup, Kent, Orting, Graham, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Frederickson, and Tacoma.