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Arc-fault circuit interrupter are safety switches, similar to GFCI, that are used to detect electrical arcing and shutoff power to prevent the risk of fire.

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter vs AFCI

What is the key difference between a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter? The Acronyms AFCI/GFCI kind of tell us that they do, detect ground faults and arc faults, ...
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AFCI breakers/protection and refrigerators - a bad idea?

The 2014 NEC requires AFCI protection for refrigerators. I've read that one shouldn't use GFCI protection for a refrigerator, but I know that AFCI breakers do include ground-fault protection (at a ...
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New Circuit Faceless AFCI tripping with no load

Most AFCI questions here revolve around existing circuits, and AFCI Circuit breakers, but my situation is a little different. Here's the details: Renovation to add a half bath and laundry room in ...
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AFCI Breaker tripping

hoping to pick your brain about some electrical issue I'm having. The outlets in 3 of my rooms stopped working - the AFCI breaker (15 a) for that circuit is tripping and won't reset. The lights are on ...
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Vacuum Cleaner Trips Breaker

I have a brand new vacuum (dyson) that trips my breaker. Never happened before this except once when I ran 2 other vacuums at the same time
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Why is an AFCI tripping when a particular light on a different circuit is turned on?

I have 4 GE AFCIs in a GE subpanel in my basement. Occasionally, when I turn on a bank of dimmable CFL lights via a CFL-rated dimmer switch, I get a trip in a particular AFCI breaker that's on the ...
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should 30 yr old home have some/all breakers replaced with AFCI /GFCI? If so, which ones?

My brother-in-law, licensed master electrician was just visiting us. After looking at my break panel he strongly suggested I should replace most, if not all, of my CBs with AFCI. I have a 200A GE ...
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AFCI Breaker with a two wire switch with no power to it going to a box for the ceiling light with new three wire power

I have an existing two wire switch box that is going to a ceiling junction box where there is new three wire power and another two wire connection to an outlet. I want to install a new light. I ...
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Switch(es?) blowing AFCI breaker

So I need some help (again) with an electrical issue. I wired the basement and due to some new building code all the breakers are AFCI (which I am suspecting is a part of the problem). In the ...
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Where should arc fault breaker not be used?

I'm trying to stay on top of the electricians rewiring our house and correctly interpret the NEC 2017 for arc fault breakers. There is a permit and an inspection when they done, but I want to ...
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Two new circuits - both trip simultaneously on load

Adding two new 20a AFCI circuits to a basement project. I tied the circuits to the breaker panel and all outlets test out ok with a tester. The second I put any load on either circuit, however, BOTH ...
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New house, new LG refrigerator & AFCI wiring

We just bought a house, May 2019, the first week the AFCI breakers began to trip. Outlets & switches both. The biggest concern is our new LG refrigerator. It trips about once a week, sometimes ...
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AFCI randomly tripping, and related questions

Warning, this may be a bit long ... I'll do my best to be brief but it's a somewhat complicated situation. Primary issue is that the AFCI breaker trips in a very random pattern that I can't figure ...
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Half my breaker panel went out and the other half when turned on has AFCI light [duplicate]

I got home last night and about half the lights and appliances were out. The breakers were not tripped and turning them on didn't help. Some breaker circuits had electricity, and some didn't. The ...
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Diagnosing frequent trips on arc fault / ground fault (dual) breakers

During recent work we've been upgrading breakers to dual arc-fault / ground fault. Square D QO series (USA). I've noticed a couple of them tripping pretty frequently when certain appliances are used. ...
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AFCI trips immediately

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 ...
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multi-wire branch circuit breaker question

i have several outside floodlights, and several outside outlets. family member wired it plugging into the outside outlets causes the breaker to trip using a 4-conductor cable(1 black, 1 red, 1 ...
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Can a surge protector prevent nuisance AFCI breaker trips?

I have a problem with AFCI breakers tripping in my 2 and a half year old house. The builder's electrician said that the cause is from power surges coming from the electrical company and that I need to ...
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Can a smoke detector circuit be GFCI and CAFCI protected?

I purchased a dual GFCI/CAFCI circuit breaker to place on my circuit that contains only smoke, CO, and heat detectors inside my house. Is there anything wrong with this or can I install it to have ...
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Loss of power when I remove item from the outlet

I have this unusual electrical issue in our master bedroom. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. We have this $3 LED night light in our bedroom and when we take it out, the power/...
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Three-way light trips new AFCI breaker

I recently replaced my home's load center. As part of that surgery, my breakers were also updated to (combination) AFCI breakers. My house has many Multi-wire branch circuits, so I also got a couple ...
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Why don't we just use combination AFCI/GFCI breakers for every circuit in a home?

With pretty much every circuit in a home needing one of the two types of protection (AFCI or GFCI), why don't all new homes have combination breakers installed just to be safe? Would it hurt anything ...
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AFCI Trips When Stainless Steel Hoses Touch Washing Machine Cabinet. Why?

I noticed the hot water hose on my washing machine (SpeedQueen Top Loader) was corroded, so I decided to replace the hoses. I bought braided stainless steel hoses and installed them. ...
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Hot/Neutral reversed at receptacles after AFCI breaker was installed, can AFCI still work correctly?

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 ...
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What rooms or loads require AFCI protection?

Do I need AFCI for dedicated circuits like sump pumps, furnaces, microwave, refrigerator etc.
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Is it better to use a AFCI/ GFCI breaker in the panel or do to use a AFCI/ GFCI receptacle? [closed]

To protect a bathroom outlet, should I put an AFCI/GFCI breaker in the breaker box or do I put in an AFCI/GFCI receptacle? Can a AFCI/GFCI receptacle be divided into 2 circuits with a 20A breaker ...
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Where should I NOT use a GFCI or AFCI?

There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of GFCI and AFCI and the places where they must or should be used. But are there any circumstances where you're better off without them? If I ...
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What is the difference between a Combination AFCI Breaker and a AFCI Breaker

After reading many articles and comments concerning AFCI and GFCI breakers I set out to my local Lowes. In the old days buying a fuse or a circuit breaker was pretty straight forward. Not anymore! ...
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AFCI trips when neutral and ground touched

Is this normal? I find an answer here that this is normal but I do not understand. Can anyone add an explanation, please. AFCI is Square D 20A HOM120CAFIC, Issue No. DP-3640 HACR Type
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Do AFCI/GFCI receptacles protect downstream circuits without equipment bonding conductor?

I am renovating part of my house, and taking the time to update some old wiring that is now exposed. The old wiring is primarily #14/2c WITH NO BARE BONDING CONDUCTOR. This means that no device ...
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Shared Neutral for Hot and Line Side of AFCI Receptacle

Good Day I am planning a MWBC. At the start of this circuit will be an AFCI Receptacle in a Hallway. This will then Branch to Hallway Lights in one direction, and Dimmer Lights & a second ...
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Configuring a plug-on-neutral breaker panel as a subpanel

I recently learned about a new species of breaker panel known as the "plug-on-neutral" design. All the major load center manufacturers seem to be making these now. The idea is to provide a neutral bar ...
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Should I use a GFCI or AFCI circuit breaker with knob and tube wiring?

My American house was built in 1942, and much of the wiring is still knob-and-tube wiring (2-wire, no ground). Over the years new modern wiring has been added to the house, but we still have some KnT ...
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replace regular breaker with dual function AFCI/GFCI

I have a 15amp circuit that feeds outlets in the upstairs bedrooms, the one outlet in the upstairs bathroom and a few light fixtures. A few years ago I replaced the bathroom outlet with a GFCI outlet ...
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AFCI breaker tripping when any load attached

advanced home DIY-er here. I put in a new Murray (Siemens) AFCI breaker and new 14-2 wire from the breaker box up straight to a light in a bathroom I'm remodeling (single wire for the complete run). ...
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Is a new refrigerator likely to trip a 20 amp AFCI/GFCI circuit?

Will a new GE Cafe refrigerator/freezer work on my kitchen AFCI/GFCI 20 amp refrigerator outlet? My current 8 year old Samsung constantly trips the circuit.
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Refrigerator trips new AFCI/GFCI circuit breakers

Remodeled kitchen and electrician had to install new AFCI/GFCI Seimens circuit breakers to comply with code. Now my 8 yr old Samsung 24 cu ft refrigerator trips the c/b every 12 minutes to as long as ...
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is AFCI required for 220v CA residential?

As I understand it CA now requires AFCI protection for practically all residential outlets. I'm setting up my theater room and it calls for a 50A 220V NEMA 6-50 outlet for the subwoofer I want but I'...
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Tankless 240V water heater in detached garage tripping AFCI/GFCI breakers in house

We have two separate buildings, a house and a garage/workshop, about 20 feet apart, sharing the same electrical service. On the service entrance, there's a Siemens whole-house surge protector. The ...
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Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...
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What would cause an AFCI breaker to trip under no load?

I have an AFCI breaker that trips with 0 load - nothing plugged in, no lights on. To test that power is getting to the room, I turn on the overhead CFL lights (very light load) and flip the breaker. ...
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AFCI Breaker Randomly Tripping - No New Devices

We did a lot of investigating and found several clarifications that I didn't have correct in my previous post. New summary of the problem: It's a Siemens Type QAF 20 amp breaker, 2006-built home - ...
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What should I do if my vacuum trips my AFCI device?

I have a vacuum that trips the AFCI device of the circuit that services my bedroom. The vacuum has some age on it, and there is some wear on the motor's commutator. This wear causes electrical ...
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GFCI/AFCI Trips With No Load And New Wire

I moved into a house last year that has some 2-wire receptacles, and some 3-wire receptacles. I have been adding GFCIs and AFCIs where required. I recently removed the conductors and old receptacles ...
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EMT or PVC in Bathroom?

OK, so I am wiring my cabin (actually a small house, 16x24), and I have a 6x8 room that will eventually become a bathroom, and a nook that will be a kitchenette. All the wiring in the house is surface ...
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AFCI Circuit Breaker trips after turn on any light on different circuit

The last week an electrical service person came to update the circuit breakers from regular to AFCI. But they could not find the root of the problem and they will come again in one week but I wanted ...
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What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?

I recently had my basement remodeled by a general contractor. This included a bathroom, family room, wet bar, and home theater. The electrician added 4 circuits in total, all of them using arc fault ...
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Trouble with diy wiring in basement room with afci and ceiling fan

So... I as a self/ Google taught electrician have wired in a room I have made in my basement with the following issues. The ceiling fan trips the afci breaker every time. It is fine with a normal ...
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Would it be reasonable and legal to use AFCI receptacles next to a panel instead of AFCI breakers?

I've been googling, searching this community and looking over the 2017 NEC codebook (which can be very confusing) and I've come to the conclusion that a crystal clear, no nonsense, straight forward ...
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Combination GFCI/AFCI Breaker not working when replacing regular breaker

First time posting. I'm doing some upgrades to our house electrical. We live in a 1950s home. An electrician recommended I replace the old breakers on ungrounded circuits off the house sub-panel ...