A home’s wiring and electrical system is a complex notion. Just imagine the amount of wires behind the walls of a home to power a Keurig, Playstation, televisions, lights, appliances and anything else plugged into an outlet using energy! 

A homeowner can often notice electrical issues start to occur from power surges in their homes to wondering if their electrical work needs an update. 

Homeowners, if you are unsure about electrical issues or updates that are needed it is important to ask an electrician such as Elite Electric about these common questions. 

These are other common FAQs our electricians often get from homeowners: 

Q): What is GFI? 

A): GFI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. This helps to protect homeowners from electrical shocks from faults in electrical devices all throughout homes.

A significant amount of electricity could be coming through the devices because of faulty wiring or electrical issues. If there is a difference between the hot side and neutral side, the GFI will compensate to stop electrical shock from occurring. If your charging cell phone shuts off during the charge it could be because of the amount of electricity. 

Q): When should I update my home’s electric work? 

A): A home’s electrical work should be updated once the home surpasses over 25 years old. An older home can be using old wiring systems and wires which aren’t legal anymore or follow today’s standards of regulations. 

Q): Is updating electrical work the same as rewiring my home? 

A): No. When Elite Electric updates electrical work this means obsolete panels that no longer hold the capability a homeowner’s needs. When an electrician rewires a home, this means ALL new electrical wiring is installed throughout the home. As stated above, a home that is older than 25 years might need some serious electrical work or rewiring installed. 

Some home insurance companies mandate that homeowners get their electrical wiring updated to reduce the risk of home fires starting.

In the 1960s and 70s, it was common for homes to use aluminum wiring which often causes overheating and outlet fires where large appliances are plugged in. If a homeowner is unsure about their electrical wiring, ask an electrician for a home inspection. 

Q): Are their different types of outlets? 

A): Yes! The average homeowner sees that there are outlets in their home and understands if they are working or not. But, Elite Electric understand that there are three types of outlets most commonly found in homes and commercial settings. 

There is homeowner grade. This is the most common because it is the cheapest type of outlet, but often needs replaced in five to 10 years. The next is commercial grade which are more expensive, but last up to 100 years! The final one is hospital grade which is the most expensive outlet on the market, but last a lifetime. 

Yes, homeowners can install each of these types of outlets into their homes but the hospital grade is unnecessary and expensive. 

Did you know there are different types of outlets? Did you fully understand what a power surge was?

If not, it is okay! That is what the experts at Elite Electric Omaha are here for! For any other questions on electrical work, wiring and updates give our team a call today.