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Old 07-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #16
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The latest codes call for AFCI protection pretty much for any area that is not GFI protected.

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Old 07-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #17
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I would check for a loose wire somewhere and test with two toggle switches first then move to the combo if you are unsure.

Fan:
black to black
White to white
Blue to red
Copper to copper

Switch one:
Live black to switch
Fan black to switch
Fan White to live white
Fan Copper to switch green screw then to live copper

Switch two:
Jumper from switch 1 live side to switch 2
Fan red to switch
Fan white to live white (3 total now)
fan copper to switch green screw then to live copper (3 total now)

With this configuration one switch should operate the fan and the other should work the light each independently. If this works without tripping the breaker report back and we can walk you through the combo wiring.

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Old 07-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #18
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The grounds can't go to the switch and then to the box. They all need to be wirenutted with pigtails to the switch grounds.
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I'm not certain but I believe there are some solid state fan controls that you cannot use on a circuit with afci breaker, gfci breaker or load side of gfci receptacle.
Do the installation instructions say anything about restrictions for this fan control ??
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The grounds can't go to the switch and then to the box. They all need to be wirenutted with pigtails to the switch grounds.
I know that's best practice for permenant installation, I was just trying to hook it up temporarily to see if we can at least get it running without tripping the breaker.

The combo switches typically have a green wire to them which can be connected directly to the main ground for permenant installation.
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So, you have determined that with the fan down, the breaker holds.

I would do what Jim suggested earlier, take the fan/speed control off, install two single pole switches to test if the fan itself is tripping the AFCI.

If it is the fan/speed control, you could look for remote kits you can wire into the fan to achieve the same result as your in-wall control.

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