Starting condition: I have 3 outlets in a room and 2 of them have Hot and Neutral reversed.

Change: The electrician came in an installed AFCI breakers At my request, they also changed the outlets to white ones so that would match the trim

New condition: Now all the outlets in that room has Hot/Neutral reversed.

My question is this: I can reverse the wiring in the outlets to fix the outlets. But if the Hot and Neutral are reversed at the AFCI, will the AFCI still work correctly?

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    Having hot and neutral reversed is utterly unacceptable whether an AFCI receptacle would work or not. Call that electrician back or get a new one out. How do you know the hot and neutral are reversed? – Jim Stewart Jan 11 '17 at 6:40
  • I will call the electrician. FYI I'm using AFCI breakers not receptacles. – milesmeow Jan 11 '17 at 6:41
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    Can you post photos of the load-side wiring on the AFCI breaker and the wiring at each receptacle? – ThreePhaseEel Jan 11 '17 at 12:42
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    Beware your detection method on the hot/neutral reversal. If you're plugging in some rinkydink made-in-China tool you got off the endcap at Home Depot, you may not be getting reliable data. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 11 '17 at 18:52
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    I have seen outlets that are daisy chained cross wired by DIY folks that did not know what they were doing. If all the electrician did was replace breakers, outlets and the wire color was correct there the electrician did nothing wrong. If the wire colors are not correct from this work the electrician needs to be reported. – Ed Beal Jan 11 '17 at 20:11

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