AFCI circuit breaker. 

Step by step instructions installing a AFCI breaker... 

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 Installing a AFCI circuit breaker.

 

1. You can clip a AFCI breaker into a service panel as you would an ordinary breaker, but you must

wire it differently. Shut off the main breaker and be careful not to touch the hot wires coming into

the box. Select the circuit you wish to protect, unclip the old breaker from the hot bus bar, and slip it

out of the service panel. Disconnect the hot wire from the old breaker and the neutral wire from the

bus bar. Attach both wires to the setscrew terminals of the new AFCI breaker

 

 

 

 

 

2. Loosen a terminal on the neutral bus bar, and connect the white wire from the AFCI to the neutral

bus bar than tightening the screw. Clipping the AFCI breaker into place attaches it to the hot bus

bar. Turn the power back on, set the breaker, and push the test button. The breaker should trip.

 

 

Leaning about AFCI breaker

 

The AFCI is an arc fault circuit interrupter. AFCI s are newly developed electrical devices designed

to protect against fires caused by arcing faults in the home electrical wiring. Arcing faults often occur

in damaged or deteriorated wires and cords. Some causes of damaged and deteriorated wiring

include puncturing of wire insulation from picture hanging or cable stables, poorly installed outlets

or switches, cords caught in doors or under furniture, furniture pushed against plugs in an outlet,

natural aging, and cord exposure to heat vents and sunlight.

 

 

 

 

How the AFCI breaker works

The AFCI circuitry continuously monitors current flow through the AFCI. AFCI s use unique

current sensing circuitry to discriminate between normal and unwanted arcing conditions. Once an

unwanted arcing condition is detected, the control circuitry in the AFCI trips the internal contracts,

thus de-energizing the circuit and reducing the potential for a fire to occur. An AFCI should not trip

during normal arcing conditions, which can occur when a switch is open or a plug is pulled from a

receptacle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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