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Old 08-10-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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AFCI on AC trips inconsistently


I have a portable air conditioner that has an integrated AFCI built into the plug. I can usually use the air conditioner for a few hours then it trips. Other times it trips the second I reset the switch.

I have a hunch the AFCI is tripping on inrush current. It's a fairly big AC.

Could there be a wiring issue? The outlet has been in place for 17 years. The branch circuit is spread out in more ways than I'd like.

I seriously thinking about cutting off the AFCI and using a regular plug.

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integrated AFCI built into the plug.
Google for a service bulletin on this for your make and model. Another thread had the almost identical problem. Search this site for

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It's an Amcor PLM.

I don't see anything written about it.
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air conditioner tripping at current interrupter

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I doubt that is an AFCI device.

It is more likely a GFCI device.

There is a difference.
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The manual says it is an AFCI.
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I doubt that is an AFCI device.

It is more likely a GFCI device.

There is a difference.
How about a LCDI?
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The manual says it is an AFCI.
Then I'd think it would be even more prone to nuisance tripping, even it works as it is designed to work. GFCIs are simple compared to AFCIs.
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sounds like you have an overloaded circ, aswell as to much inrush current. I've seen window shakers and portables pop breakers AFCI or GFCI. hope this helps but siemans AFCI's have had a few bad batches over the last yr or so. this may help. H

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