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Old 03-19-2008, 05:45 PM   #31
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ARC Fault Breakers tripping after a fan install.


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I had the same problem with AFCI tripping a heavy duty treadmill 15A motor. Funny thing was that it was never when under load, it would only happen on initial power-up.. before the "thread" was every put into motion. After pulling the cover off, I noticed it had a nice big cap and I believe it was an in-rush issue. I changed out the breaker for a non-afci breaker and that fixed the problem. A few years later we moved it to another room and once again needed to change the breaker. I have another friend that had the same issue with a refrigerator.. he was not comfortable with changing the breaker so instead he has a radio on the same circuit an if the radio goes off he know to reset the breaker.. what a PIA!
Its doing its job, the fridge has current leakage causing the AFCI to trip... Gezz, sucks when saving your life is such an inconvenience...

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:13 PM   #32
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I have had arc fault breakers in 3 bedrooms now for a few years, never had a false trip.

I agree with whoever said that some alot of trips are because of an underlying issue. Not all... but I have heard of alot of the very early ones false tripping. In that case, the best solution would be to replace with a newer one (if it is deemed that there is NO other issue).

Remember, if the house was built or work was done after '99 in alot of places, you now have a code violation by not having them.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:10 AM   #33
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We saved the pennies to sell for scrap copper so that we trade them in for more nickels. The nickels take longer to burn out.
Oh yeah I never thought of that. Thanks for the tip. I tried a roll of pennies to replace a cartridge fuse, but it wouldn't work with the paper on and with the paper off it was really hard to keep them stacked up. I couldn't afford copper tubing.

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