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Electrical Outlets Not Working? Check Your GFCI Receptacles

reset buttonOne of the most common service calls we receive is often resolved by the simple push of a button. If you’re experiencing a problem with some of your electrical outlets not working, your problem may be merely a tripped GFCI receptacle.

The acronym GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. As a safety precaution, GFCIs are designed to instantly open the circuit to prevent electric shock when in contact with water. Thus, they are most commonly used in areas that have potential to get wet, like bathroom outlets, kitchen outlets, garage outlets and outdoor outlets. GFCIs are very sensitive and can occasionally trip or open the circuit at other times. Being exposed to things like unusual amounts of moisture, an electrical storm or a power surge can easily cause a GFCI to trip.

What many people do not know is that their other normal receptacles (non GFCIs) may be protected by a GFCI receptacle somewhere else along the circuit. So if some of your electrical outlets are not working, you might try the following solutions before making a service call.

If you have kitchen electrical outlets that are not working, you should look around the counter top and along the kitchen walls for any GFCI receptacles. Make certain to look behind small and large appliances. If you find a CFCI receptacle, look to see if the reset button is pressed in. If the GFCI receptacle is working properly, pushing the test button will cause the reset button to pop out. A sharp click noise can be heard when the test button is pushed. Now, after you have reset the GFCI receptacle, check all of your other kitchen outlets to make certain they are working. Keep in mind, many kitchens have two separate GFCI receptacles to protect the many appliances and other electronic gadgets that are often used in kitchens.

If you have bathroom electrical outlets that are not working, be sure to check each bathroom in your home for GFCI receptacles. Follow the same directions listed above for testing and resetting your GFCIs. Depending on your home’s design, each bathroom may have its own GFCI receptacle or multiple bathrooms may be protected by just one GFCI.

If your outside electrical outlets are not working, be sure to check every outside outlet, every garage outlet and every basement outlet for a tripped GFCI receptacle. Follow the same procedures listed above to reset your GFCIs.

Likewise, if your garage outlets are not working, check all around the interior of your garage for a tripped GFCI receptacle. The same goes for your basement. If you basement outlets are not working, check all around the basement for any tripped GFCI receptacles.

If you’ve tried everything listed above, and your GFCI receptacle will not reset or your outlets still do not work, then unplug any electrical devise that is plugged into the non-working outlet and try resetting the GFCI again. If this works and the GFCI resets, you may have a problem with whatever electrical devise you unplugged. If this does not work, you may have a tripped circuit breaker. Check your circuit breaker and if that is not the problem, it’s time to give us a call at Houchin Electric, (918)663-1818.

Find out more about Houchin Electric Company and why we’re Tulsa’s Best Electrician. Visit our website at HouchinElectric.com



Call Houchin Electric for Commercial Parking Lot and External Lighting

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Parking Lot Lighting

Investing in a properly functioning parking lot lighting system is an important factor in running a successful business.  At Houchin Electric we realize a well lit commercial business parking lot is not only more secure for your visiting customers but it also cuts down on possible break-ins and vandalism to your property. Houchin Electric has extensive experience in repairing and upgrading parking lot lights to increase lighting to desired levels.

Lighting for Safety and Aesthetics

The professionals at Houchin Electric can design and install parking lot and external lighting systems for both practical and ornamental purposes.  Houchin Electric has the skills and experience necessary to create aesthetically pleasing and decorative lighting to compliment the landscaping and architecture of any facility.

Decorative and Functional Parking Lot Lighting

The team at Houchin Electric will work with you to determine the style and size of parking lot poles you need to meet your decorative and functional purposes. Whether you desire standard 25-45 foot light poles that are more cost effective for large parking lots or you want shorter 12-16 foot poles to provide a more elegant atmosphere, Houchin Electric is your parking lot lighting source. Please visit our website at houchinelectric.com for more information or call us today for an estimate!



Outdoor Electrical Outlets

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Every home should have outdoor electrical outlets. They just seem to make life easier.

Having outdoor outlets installed at your home will allow you the ease of having electric power outside, close and always available when you need it. Imagine no more attaching multiple extension cords together to reach great lengths; no more plugging in extensions cords inside your home and dragging them outside, under the door or through the window.

Outdoor electrical outlets are perfect for when using an electric lawn mower or other power garden tools. They also come in handy when decorating for the holidays.

Say goodbye to yards and yards of extension cords and call Houchin Electric about installing outdoor outlets at your home today.

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Recessed Pop-Up Electrical Receptacles

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Are you tired of power cords hanging over the edge of counters to reach side-mounted outlets? If so, a recessed pop-up electrical receptacle is just what you need.

These outlets pop up when needed and can remain recessed below the counter when not in use. They are the perfect choice for eliminating the safety hazard of power cords hanging over counter edges.

Simply press down on the cover and the receptacle pops up, ready to use. These receptacles are ideal for counter top power solutions for kitchens, baths and other work surfaces.

Your kitchen or work surface will look so much cleaner and organized with a new pop-up receptacle.

Call Houchin Electric about installing recessed pop-up electrical receptacles in your home or office.

Visit our website for more information Houchinelectric.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up with new electrical improvements. Simply click on the Facebook icon at the top of our website and LIKE our page.

Wall Outlets with USB Functionality

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Whether we’re at home or at the office, it seems we’re always looking for space in a wall outlet to plug our chargers or adapters into. With all of today’s gizmos and gadgets there’s just never enough room available to charge all our devices.

Houchin Electric advises customers to have wall outlets installed that offer USB functionality. Imagine an outlet with the added benefit of two built-in USB ports that can power any device that is charged via USB.

Whether you need to charge an iPhone, Kindle, iPad, digital camera, or gaming device the USB functional outlet can handle it all. These outlets are designed to replace an existing 3-prong wall outlet and do wonders to eliminate the bulky clutter of AC adapters sticking out and taking up space.
Call Houchin Electric if you’re ready to say goodbye to clutter and say hello to modern, organized living.
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