Device keeps tripping AFCI device

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AFCI circuit breakers are specialty safety devices that have been around for well over a decade, and their job is to prevent fires. They get better and better as time goes on, but they’re still not a perfect product. The main problem that homeowners experience with AFCI circuit breakers is nuisance tripping. It’s what we call it when an AFCI device trips for no apparent reason. The two main causes for nuisance tripping at AFCI circuit breakers are improperly wired circuits and incompatibility with electronic devices.

Wiring Problems – when an AFCI circuit breaker is installed, the wiring for that circuit needs to be done a little bit differently. When AFCI devices first started being installed, it was common for electricians to have problems with nuisance tripping because the neutral conductors for different circuits were connected together at some point outside of the main panelboard. This has never been correct, but it would often happen with no ill effects, so nobody...

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Troubleshooting Advice. AFCI breaker keeps tripping.

Hello all, new here! I have an electronics background from the Naval Avionics, and for the last 10 years have worked as a field service engineer in medical device. When it comes to homes, I get very paranoid messing or trying to look at electrical.

This home was built right around 2002-2003 I believe, and there are two 15A afci breakers, with two bedrooms running on each. For about 2 years every once in awhile the same breaker for our guest bedroom and office would start tripping randomly. Not often at first, over the last year it started happening more and more, until one day it could not handle any load at all. No overhead fans, one room has two overhead lights, the other has one. I have pulled all of the bulbs, and nothing is plugged into any receptacle.

Tonight I started to get into it. Swapped the two breakers with each other, the other breaker would trip on...

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Hey guys,

I'm running into an odd issue that I can't seem to figure out the root cause other than my computer being on when it happens.

So the main problem is that in my apartment, when I'm playing Diablo 3 (Or any other game really.) the circuit breaker trips and one side of the apartment loses power. I have to reset the breaker every time this happens. This doesn't happen if I am just browsing the web or non-gaming related things.

My initial thoughts was maybe I have a bad power supply, but after some research I suspect I may have an insufficient power supply and it may be drawing more than it can handle. This would cause an arc fault and the safety mechanism in the apartment would trip the breaker to prevent a fire.

Using Newegg's power supply calculator with the below specifications, it recommends that I have a 900w minimum with a 940w recommended PSU. I built this machine using a 750w PSU though because I originally only had 1 of the GTX 480 cards....

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An arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a circuit breaker* located in your electrical panel that serves the functions of a normal breaker but also senses hazardous arcing on its circuit and will trip off for this. It can be identified by the special colored test-button near its handle. (Ground-fault breakers also have a button, so read with a magnifying glass to be sure which kind your breaker is.)

*A different device is now allowed away from your breaker panel. It resembles the familiar GFCI receptacles. (Its installation is more strict, however.) It is called an "outlet/ branch-circuit type of AFCI" or simply AFCI outlet or AFCI receptacle.

AFCI breakers began to be required by Code in 2002 for new wiring supplying bedrooms. The areas to be protected were expanded in 2008 (where that national Code has been adopted locally) to most rooms of the home. The areas left out of the requirement were garage, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry; these were already...

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Determine the structure type. If circuits are installed in a space for use other than a dwelling unit, AFCI is not required (commercial and industrial spaces are not required to have AFCI protection). AFCI protection is required only in dwelling units (apartments, homes, manufactured homes, RVs and mobile homes).

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Identify circuit destinations. All 120 volt / 15 or 20 amp branch circuits supplying outlets (includes both lighting outlets and receptacle outlets) in dwelling unit family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sun rooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar rooms or areas shall be protected by a listed arc fault circuit interrupter. This means that nearly every habitable space in new homes are required to have this protection.

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Determine if an exemption applies. Most fire and smoke alarm systems are prohibited from being connected to GFCI or AFCI circuits. Absent from the list of...

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GFCI and AFCI electrical safety protection devices explained. Decker Home Inspection Services.

GFCI and AFCI Explained

As new technology brings us new tools to make our lives easier, it also provides new devices to keep us safer in our homes. GFCI protected electrical receptacles and AFCI protection circuit breakers are small technological wonders. They are outlets and / or circuit breakers that contain some extra specialized and micro-miniaturized electrical circuits that can detect the specific, characteristic signs of household electrical current problems that are present when certain dangerous situations occur. When the detect such conditions, they automatically shut down the electricity, providing an extra layer of safety and, possibly saving a life in the process. Regular circuit breakers are designed to protect the house's electrical system, not people! The amount of electricity that is needed to kill a human being is thousands of times less than...

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Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) circuit breakers are occasionally reported to “trip” (open the circuit) when a strong RF signal is present, usually a ham’s HF transmissions. GFCI circuit-breakers operate by sensing unbalanced currents in the hot and neutral conductors of an ac circuit. In the absence of RF interference such an imbalance indicates the presence of a fault somewhere in the circuit, creating a shock hazard. The breaker then trips (opens) to remove the shock hazard.

An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) circuit breaker is similar in that it monitors current to watch for a fault condition. Instead of current imbalances, the AFCI detects patterns of current that indicate an arc – one of the leading causes of home fires. The AFCI is not supposed to trip because of “normal” arcs that occur when a switch is opened or a plug is removed. However, a known problem exists with one model of Eaton breaker, particularly...

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For a 3-phase installation, a 3-pole circuit breaker, three single-pole circuit breakers with an identified handle tie, or a three-pole switch provides the required simultaneous opening of the ungrounded conductors.

3- It is not permitted that the wiring terminals of a device, such as a receptacle, to be the means of maintaining the continuity of the grounded conductor between devices in a multiwire branch circuit.

A splice is made and a jumper is connected to the terminal, unless the neutral is looped; that is, a receptacle or lampholder could be replaced without interrupting the continuity of energized downstream line-to-neutral loads

Opening the neutral could cause unbalanced voltages, and a considerably higher voltage would be impressed on one part of a multiwire branch circuit, especially if the downstream line to- neutral loads were appreciably unbalanced.

1.3 Uses of multiwire Branch circuits:

It can supply Appliances that have both line-to-line and...
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