Out of no where, starting today, my Siemens AFCI breaker tripped. It trips immediately every time I attempt to reset it. Nothing has changed in my house. I turned off all light switches and unplugged everything on the circuit yet it still trips. The breaker is probably about 8 years old (when the house was completely rewired by the previous homeowner). Are these breakers known to fail or become overly sensitive as they age? What's the life expectancy of these breakers? Any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks in advance.
I'm at a lost...I bought a new AFCI breaker (expensive) but before swapping it out, I confirmed that the issue still exists. Also, before swapping it out, I swapped the two circuits since the bedrooms are split between two 15amp AFCI breakers (1 that keeps tripping and the other remains closed; no issue). When I powered back up the house, the breaker stays closed (unlike the other breaker). When I went back up stair to turn a light on to test, the breaker would trip immediately (this happened two more times/resets). This is where it gets weird, after the third time, the breaker stopped tripping. Any thoughts?