Monday, March 2, 2015

What Is The Difference Between A Grounded And Ungrounded Outlet?

What’s the difference between a grounded and an ungrounded outlet? Can you tell the difference? There’s a few telltale signs that you should be aware of that will help keep you and your family safe!

Look for the smiley face! A grounded outlet has 3 prongs that look like a face. Before 1960, it was common for electricians to install ungrounded outlets in homes and in buildings. An ungrounded outlet is one that has 2 holes instead of 3 and consists of 2 conductor wiring. Ungrounded outlets have caused a great deal of problems in these older homes and upgrading to a grounded outlet is strongly recommended.

So what is the safest solution to your 2 prong problem? According to current NEC code standards, “a grounding type receptacle (three prong) shall be connected to a functioning equipment grounding conductor. Nothing can actively ground a receptacle without running a new wire.”

The only way to guarantee that your outlets are grounded and up to code is to have them rewired by a professional electrician. to find out more about the safety hazards of ungrounded outlets or to upgrade to grounded outlets, contact GEN3 Electric today!

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