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GFCI Plugs – What Do They Actually Do?

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It may be time to check your power washer, spa, pool pump, or the kid’s bounce house. The GFCI plug is a life saving device, but will not last forever. Fortunately, they are easy to replace, and affordable.

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Many outdoor and indoor appliances are equipped with these large GFCI plugs. They are often the re-settable type with a reset and test button. Over time these plugs can become damaged or wear out. This is when Webber Electronics comes to the rescue. We supply a full line of common replacement GFCI “User Attachable” plugs. You can browse our inventory here, and get your spa, power washer, inflatable bounce house, or any other appliance up and running.

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What is a “GFCI” and how does it work?  

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or Residual Current Device (RCD) is a device that shuts off an electric circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, possibly through water or through a person. It is used to reduce the risk of electric shock. It works by measuring the current leaving the hot side of the power source and comparing it to the current returning to the neutral side. If they are not equal, this means that some of the current is flowing along an unintended path, and the GFCI shuts the power off. When the problem is corrected, the GFCI can manually be reset by pushing the reset button. There is also a test button that can be used to verify that the GFCI works. It is recommended to test GFCI’s at least once a month. GFCI’s are required in kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, outdoors, and anywhere near a sink. GFCI’s are available in two types for permanent installation, the circuit breaker type that installs in the panel, and the receptacle type that installs in a normal electrical box. Although GFCI’s are designed primarily to protect from electric shock, they can also prevent some fires. When a permanent GFCI is not available or sufficient, the alternative solution can be found with many of our quality GFCI products at Webber Electronics.

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We Provide GFCI Products For Multiple Environments:




And Other Common Applications:


Portable Power

Spas & Pools

Power Washers

Watch this short video below. It features our most common replacement GFCI plug, the WBGF9


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