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AFCI, GFCI, & USB Outlets in Chicago, IL

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When you plug in a lamp or an appliance to an electrical outlet in your home, you only expect one thing to happen: for that device to work properly. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not the wire leading to that outlet can spark a fire, or whether you put someone in the home at risk for an electrical shock. These are things you don’t have to worry about when your electrical system is set up properly, and that means having the right kinds of outlets in the right places.

AFCI and GFCI breakers and outlets help to protect your home from fire and keep your family members safe. You might not have them everywhere they are needed, so call our skilled electricians and we can take on this task. We can also install a new kind of outlet in your home, a USB outlet, and can make sure this is done safely. Just call our team to schedule electrical services in Chicago, IL and the surrounding area.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI stands for ground–fault circuit interrupter, and it’s something that every home needs, at least in parts of the home. You may recognize a GFCI outlet installation when you see it. It’s the type typically found in bathrooms that likely has a "reset" button in the middle.

The GFCI outlet is designed to detect ground faults: when the current moving through the wires suddenly makes contact with something it’s not supposed to. If the current is not flowing directly from the panel to your appliance, device, or fixture, the GFCI stops the circuit, which stops the current.

This protects you from electrical shock, which could happen more easily in a room with appliances, faucets, and fixtures that use water. That’s why you need a GFCI outlet in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other such areas. We can get your home up to code by doing this.

What Is an AFCI?

AFCI stands for arc fault circuit interrupter, and it helps to protect your home from a different kind of danger. A sudden arc in the electrical current could start a fire that could quickly spread to your home. You need AFCI protection throughout the home, not just at the outlets, so AFCI breakers are installed at your electrical panel to ward off potential home fires. However, AFCI/GFCI outlet combinations are available as well.

Our Outlet Installations and Services

We can install a newer, safer GFCI/AFCI outlet or breaker for your home, or we can provide outlet repair when yours stops working. Looking to update your home in a modern way? We also install and service USB outlets for homes in the Chicagoland area. That way, you can plug in all of your modern devices without having to worry about finding a charger base.

Schedule your next outlet repair or installation with ServiceMax. Our electricians in Chicago, IL are licensed and committed to providing excellent customer service with every job.