Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s edition of your Edmonton electrician where we bring customer service back to the streets. And today’s edition of your Edmonton electrician. We’re going to be talking about GFC, a ground fault circuit interrupters around, called interrupters.
Everything that comes with them. As always here at Howard power electrical, we are happy to answer all of our customer’s questions. If you have a electrical concern or electrical topic, we want to hear about it as a professional Edmonton electrician.
Our goal is to provide power through customer service. So G FCI. What we’re going to talk about today is what does GFC AI mean? What does AGU FCI do? Where do I need a GCI and are all GFCs the same?
What are the four types of GFCI’s out there? Uh, some people might be saying, Hey, there’s actually only three.
No, there’s four. Uh, we’ll get into it. The difference between GFI and GFCI how do I know if my GFCI is still good and how do I install a G F I? Or how do I install a GFCI? What do the lights on my GFI mean? What do the lights on my GFCI mean, and what does a self testing GFC?
I do, in addition to that, we’ll tell you all about us here at Howard power electrical. We are your Edmonton electrician. Uh, we do quality Edmonton electrical and we are proud to provide the best customer service that you can possibly experience. So here we go. I got some old GFS from a customer here. I’m going to show you those today.
Here’s to GFI grade here. Bring it right up in front. This is a 15 amp one 20 volt, a one 25 volt, depending on how you want to read it. This is your standard GFI you’re going to have in your backyard, maybe, Oh by your barbecue on your deck.
Exteriors, GFI’s, 15 out one 20 volt where the weatherproof cover. This is what you’re going to see. Now these are Burke. This is an old one. Uh, burnt out old. Get rid of it. Throw it in the garbage. Same with this bad boy. Burnt out. Get rid of it, throw it in the garbage. These were taken from a home that was built about 12 to 15 years ago.
And customer called us saying, Hey, um, our outside plug isn’t working. Can you have a look? Absolutely. We can have a look. We provide free in home estimates.
If you send us a photo, we can give you an estimate over the phone right then and there. However, uh, these guys here, we seen in person the buttons are CCed, can’t push him in. Now, if it’s, if there’s power going to the receptacle, you can actually reset it. You can test it. The test will simulate a 5 milli or 6 milli amp, current, small, small, small, current to ground. So it will kill the power to the receptacle, but not to your breaker up the line.
So when you hit your test button, boom, it’s going to send five milliamps to ground right at your receptacle. It’s got a testing feature inside your receptacle. They’re a great unit, a little bigger than your average plug, but they will work on the back of, these are going to see yellow stickers. You’re going to say, Oh, what’s that yellow sticker for?
What? What do I need that for? Should I take it off? Throw it in the garbage. What that tells us, that yellow sticker is your load side of your GFI receptacle. Now your, your GFI is going to have two sides to it. It’s going to have your line side. That’s your power coming in and it’s going to have your load side. That’s your power going out.
Say you have your power from your panel coming first to a GFI receptacle right here. This is in your master bathroom upstairs or your master bathroom or any other bathroom. You’re going to have your power coming in from your breaker at your panel, regular breaker into your line side.
Now, if you don’t want to have to spend the cost of another GFI receptacle in your other bathroom or maybe you share it with an outside plug, then what you’re going to do is you’re going to come out of your load side and go to all the other plugs that you want to protect.
That in effect is going to GFI, protect those other receptacles at your other locations. Uh, whether it’s bathroom, bathroom, bathroom, bathroom outside, check your local coats. But if you go bathroom, bathroom, bathroom, that’s perfectly fine. I’m going to come out of your load side. And now those other plugs can be just your standard receptacle for lower costs and they’re still GFI protected right through this bad boy here.
If you want to have all those receptacles, a regular style, 15 amp, 20 amp, whatever you have, um, one 20 volt, whatever the case may be, as long as it’s all up to a Canadian electrical code standard, then you can get rid of this. You can throw this away, save that for later. And you can just have a GFI or GFCI breaker.
If you have a GFI breaker in your panel that acts the same as this in a sense that it will detect any ground fault current, that’s what needs to do.
You’re going to have three copper wires coming to this guy, and your typical scenario might be more, might be less. Call your local electrician to get clarity on that, but you’re going to have three copper wires. One’s going to be your ground, that’s standard. Then you’re going to have your neutral or identified as well as your hot.
And when you have those three wires, your OD is going to come into one side of your GFI here opposite your ground, identified you’re neutral or identified as going to go right here. And your ground as always is going to go right there. That’s typical. It’s being on the bottom. We’ll get into that later there.
There’s always some discrepancies. Now regarding brand make, model, manufacturer of your G FCI receptacle or your GFI receptacle, you want to go with a quality brand. As with anything in life, things fail over time and quality outlasts the things that are not quality. These here when we read them, uh, what Brian is this one here? This one is, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this on video. Uh, so I won’t, we’ll go into the brands that we supplied
We have two. We have a 20 amp. This one’s a little different. We’ve got a 20 amp GFCI receptacle. This one here is 20th one 20 volt rated. You can tell it’s 20 out right off the bat. If you’re a trained Edmonton electrician by that T slot, you can see the hot slot is a T. Oh, sorry. The neutral slot is a T.
So your identified slot comes in the shape of a T. now you have a 20 amp device and it’s going to draw more than 15 apps and manufacturer know that it’s going to come with a T slot and it’s only going to fit in these and it will not fit in a 15 app. I’ll show you a 15 amp. Just a second here. Here’s an unboxing of a of a. Please don’t Sue me in the grant.
You’ve got a great product here at LA Gran. This is what we provide is quality material. We put in all of our installations on box it here. This is a 15 amp GFI right here. 15 amp, one 20 volt GFI or G FCI. Same thing as those other ones.
The difference here is that these other ones are a little older and this one’s a little newer. You can tell the difference. Oh, new. Other than the coloration can’t tell too much. Right off the hop. This one here, it’s got a different button style, but they’re all going to have the same sort of two style button.
You’re all going to have a test and a reset. Here we got test on the bottom. So if power was coming to this receptacle, which obviously it’s not right now, I’m holding it in my hand. If power was coming here, we’d hit test and that would send a five or 6 million app current to ground and it would shut off this GFI.
We’d shut off this G FCI and you wouldn’t have any power. It’s coming to the front outlets now to fix that problem, you’re going to hit reset and then you would have a solid, steady light right here telling you that this GFI is working or this GFC is working.
Now you hear me say GFI, GFCI, FCI. What’s the difference?
Well, as your Edmonton electrician, we’re happy to tell you that the difference between G FCI and GFI is simply the wording. Uh, it’s just an acronym. GFI is ground fault interrupter. T FCI is ground fault circuit interrupter, uh, identical, virtually identical. They’re the same thing. They have no difference. GFI, G FCI. It’s just how lazy you want to be with your words or how descriptive as with them all, they’re going to have this feature five millions to this brand.
This model, if I’m not mistaken, Jim made me mistaken. Um, Nope. This one’s a self testing. So that means that every certain X amount of time, whether it’s 10 seconds, 10 milliseconds, however they have it wired up, the, the receptacle itself is going to self test.
It saves you from having to test this monthly because with your ground fault circuit interrupter, your FCI, you’re gonna want to test it monthly. Same with your smoke alarm. Same with other things in your home. If you say, Hey, I don’t have time to test all this junk monthly, uh, wait, give us a call or your professional Edmonton electrician.