What’s a Watt? | Basic Electrical Terms Explained

Does it seem to you like electricians
speak their own language? Between GFCIs, breakers, watts, and amps, and circuits
it’s hard to know what the heck they are talking about. So let’s take a minute to
explain some of the more common electrical terms so you know what’s
going on in your house. First, you may hear some electricians referred to as
licensed, insured, and bonded. License means they are able to legally work on
electrical tasks. Insured means they’re insured against mishaps. And bonded is
reserved for large commercial and government jobs. GFCI stands for ground
fault circuit interrupter. They’re the outlets with the test and reset button
on them, and require a ground wire going to them. They’re the outlets you’d want
to try resetting during a minor power outage. Another common electrical term is a breaker box, which is a metal box found in your home with circuit breakers in it.
Each circuit breaker in the box lets electricity flow to different parts of
the house. If you overload your circuit because of too many watts on it, you’ll
have to reset the circuit breaker at the box. Electrical terms don’t have to be
confusing and by knowing a little of what your electrician is talking about,
you can make a better-educated decision on the level of expertise. For more
information on electrical terminology and expertise visit electricmaninc.com

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