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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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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 ...
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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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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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Upgrading 2 breakers to AFCI, always trips

I'm doing some electrical work in the upstairs bedrooms, and part of the permit is to add AFCI protection. The house was built in 1968, has a 100A service and a Square D breakers panel. Currently ...
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AFCI/GFCI breaker trips immediately with “extra” ground

I recently installed some AFCI/GFCI circuit breakers. One of them kept tripping immediately, so I tracked down the problem to where a neutral and ground were joined. (There was just the one neutral in ...
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Do I need AFCI protection on new lighting circuits or just for outlets?

I am in the process of re-wiring a 100 year old house. I want to make sure everything is done to the new NEC codes. I need to know if arc fault protection is required on lighting circuits or just ...
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Do I need to upgrade my branch circuits to CAFCI/GFCI if I move my electrical panel?

I'm moving my main panelboard as part of a service upgrade. The panelboard is brand new (i.e. I'm not reusing the old board). Do I need to add CAFCI/GFCI breakers on the old branch circuits (as ...
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AFCI breaker trips when GFCI receptable's test button is pressed

I have 2 bathrooms that have a total of 3 outlets from the same power source. When I press the test button on one of GFCI outlet, it will not only cut off its own power but it will also trip the AFCI ...
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Do 240 volt dryers need to be AFCI protected

Under 2014 NEC do 240 volt dryer sockets need to be AFCI protected? I see paragraphs specifying that single phase 125 volt circuits must be protected, but I have not found specifications for two ...
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Samsung Front Load washer WF45k6500/AV/A2 trips GFCI Combination AFCI breaker

I have a new home constructed 10/16. The washer was installed at the time of closing. We did not have an issue until January when the washer required a self clean cycle. With about 10 minutes left ...
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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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Limits to load connections for AFCI/GFCI Outlet

I am remodeling my basement. I will have 4 separate electrical circuits. 20A Circuit to Bathroom 20A Circuit to Laundry room 15A Circuit for left side outlets / lights 15A Circuit for right side ...
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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 parts of a circuit does an AFCI receptacle protect?

I'm assuming that it will protect against arcing in the appliance that is plugged into it. Will the AFCI receptacle trip if an arc is detected in the wiring from the panel to the receptacle? Will ...
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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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AFCI breakers - 30mA ground fault detection threshold - nuisance trips? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand a bit about nuisance-tripping, and I'm wondering if anyone here has some insight. I know (or think I know) that a Class A GFCI breaker should trip when there is a 6mA ground ...
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Wall outlet only works when AFI breaker is OFF?

Bit of a mystery here. We've got an outlet in our 2nd floor bedroom that I assumed was dead or disconnected. I poked it with my AC voltage detector to confirm — yep, nothing. I was wondering if maybe ...
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Is it NEC-compliant to place a GFCI or AFCI receptacle or deadfront device in a location not readily reachable?

NEC 240.24 requires overcurrent devices (fuses/breakers, incl. AFCI/GFCI/DFCI breakers) to be placed so that their operating means is no more than 6'7" off the ground under most circumstances, and ...
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Combination AFCI/GFCI breaker with GFCI receptacle

Is there any issue with having a GFCI receptacle connected (terminally) on a circuit with a AFCI/GCFI combination breaker? If not, is there any advantage to having a GFCI outlet on this circuit (wet ...
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my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers Tennessee?

I have an old house, my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers. Can I replace the 2 prong plugs with GFCI plugs & the "GFCI PROTECTED / NO EQUIPT GROUND" labels & meet code requirements for ...
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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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Do I need both AFCI breaker and receptacle for run over 70 feet?

I am installing 120v wiring for a dorm-type setting, and some of the rooms are over 70 feet from the breaker panel. The NEC says that the home run may not exceed 50 feet for 14 AWG and 70 feet for 12 ...
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Breaker feeding sub-panel causes other breakers to trip

I have a 40 amp circuit feeding a sub-panel in the garage. Sub-panel has 5 breakers (GFCI/AFCI combo breakers) feeding outlets for holiday lights. Our AC compressor breaker started tripping last week, ...
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Could a loose ground wire cause an AFCI breaker to trip every 3-4 days?

I have a circuit connected to an AFCI breaker circuit breaker, which is running into our upstairs bonus room as well as upstairs guest room area. I changed out an outlet in one of the boxes, and ...
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AFCI/GFCI Combo Breaker Trips Daily Under No Load

I have a new house (about 9 months old) and recently the dishwasher circuit has started tripping. It trips while the dishwasher isn't running. I believe it's code that the dishwasher must be on its ...
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What should I do if the AFCI breaker neutral pigtail is too short?

I am wiring a house that I built, and code says I need an AFCI for the bedroom circuit. The panel that I will be installing this AFCI breaker in is a subpanel, so my ground/neutrals are on 2 ...
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Device keeps tripping AFCI device

I have a BedJet device that I run at night that keeps tripping the ARC-fault breaker in my bedroom after about 30 minutes of running nearly 70% of time (other times it works just fine). I have tried ...
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How to determine why an AFIC or GFIC breaker tripped?

GFCI and AFCI breakers trip under specific conditions, unbalanced current, and a detected arc, respectively. However, they also trip under ordinary overcurrent conditions in the same way that ordinary ...
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Why doe the AFCI immediately trip?

I move an outlet 12" and rewired it the exact same; now the AFCI trips immediately, when turning the power back on. It's a 14/ wire in sequence with a pig tail to the outlet. Any help would be ...
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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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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 areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?

I've got a Crouse Hinds panel with the majority of the breakers being of the ridiculous side connecting type. The panel and breakers are old and beginning to arc due to the lose connection. I've found ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between an AFCI and a whole house surge protector?

Is there a difference between a whole house surge protector and an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)?
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Why does my microwave trip my AFCI only when it's mostly empty?

I live in a recently redone home and I'm having a very odd electrical issue. My microwave is intermittently tripping a combination arc fault breaker only when it is mostly empty, e.g. one slice of ...
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New install: What's causing a tripping arc fault breaker?

We remodeled our home and had all new electrical put it in to plan. For rough-in, the electrician put in regular breakers instead of arc fault breakers. Arc fault breakers are required by code now ...
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What options are there to achieve both grounding/ground-fault and arc-fault protection on old 2-wire circuits?

The three receptacle circuits in my house are 2-wire NM, but have 3-prong receptacles. My electrician recommended and installed GFCI breakers to provide "grounding" to these circuits. I now realize ...
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Should smoke alarms be on AFCI circuit?

I'm migrating my smoke alarms from the main panel to a generator-backed-up subpanel so I'll have fire protection during a power outage. I'm simultaneously replacing the old smoke detectors. I read ...
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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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Could my power strip have killed all my AFCI's?

Odd thing happened today. My wife plugged a 1700W (clothes) iron into a power strip and tripped the AFCI to the bedroom. I reckon with the TV and 2 lamps running it peaked over 15A and tripped out. ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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AFCI & GFCI nuisance tripping

I just finished a new panel installation and the utility company just energized it. I completed the wiring for one circuit with a 20A AFCI breaker, when I plugged in an incandescent light the breaker ...
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Is this a normal fault mode for an arc fault or what is happening in my wiring to cause my AFCI to trip

Sorry for the long preamble. I'm doing a remodel which involves adding a new guest room which shares a wall with the kitchen. I remodeled the kitchen a few years ago, so I have a good handle on the ...
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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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When replacing a circuit breaker in the service panel, how can I determine which neutral is associated with the hot wire?

In my service panel I would like to upgrade two standard circuit breakers with AFCI breakers. AFCI circuit breakers differ from standard circuit breakers in that you attach the hot an neutral to the ...
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Wiring requirements for garage and bedroom addition

I've just added a new garage and bedroom and am about to wire them. I've done a lot of wiring in my house, know all the basic requirements for how wiring is run, etc, never had a problem with ...
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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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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. ...