Can you guys review this wording of my GFCI. I’ve gathered this information from various Electrical Forums and put this together.
A Realtor is calling me out on it. EVERY electrician has told me GFCI on a Circuit breaker more than protects your equipment: I think this is unwarranted fear mongering
I want to present accurate information.
Thanks in advance
Ungrounded 3-prong outlets or 2-prong outlets are present.
Two prong outlets are not grounded, which can leave you unprotected from stray currents and result in electrocution or a power surge through sensitive electronics, often destroying them in the process.
Ungrounded outlets sometimes have 3-prongs but are wired without the ground wire (see picture). The ground wire may not be attached to the outlet or the ground wire may not exist.
Three prong outlets feature a third grounding wire, which gives energy surges somewhere to go other than into your body or electrical equipment.
Ungrounded outlets increase the chance of:
Electrical fire. Without the ground present, errors that occur with your outlet may cause arcing, sparks and electrical charge that can spawn fire along walls, or on nearby furniture and fixtures.
**Health hazard. **Ungrounded outlets present a very real risk of shock to persons operating the electronics and appliances plugged into the outlet.
Property loss. Ungrounded outlets can short out equipment, rendering your favorite appliances and tools worthless.
Messy wiring. In many older homes, its not uncommon to find a mixture of grounded and ungrounded outlets. This indicates piecemeal electrical work has been done in the past, and can be a clear sign of serious electrical problems, or can cause many in the future.
Warranty reasons**. Many of our essential appliances, such as refrigerators, air conditioning units, washers and dryers must have a grounded connection in order for the warranty to be valid. If your appliance is plugged into an ungrounded outlet, then you have essentially voided your warranty.
**Install ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). **
These can be installed upstream or at the receptacle itself. GFCIs are an accepted replacement because they will protect against electric shocks even in the absence of grounding, but they may not protect the powered appliance. Also, GFCI-protected ungrounded receptacles may not work effectively with surge protectors. Ungrounded GFCI-protected receptacles should be identified with labels that come with the new receptacles that state: No Equipment Ground.
Hire a licensed electrician to remove the existing ungrounded wire and replace it with current code standards wiring. This will ensure that you and your personal property is safe.
Recommend repair or replacement by a licensed electrician.**