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Our home was recently remodeled and our kids rooms completely rebuilt. I did all the wiring. Yesterday I replaced the normal breakers with AFCI breakers are required by code. Both breakers immediately tripped. Unplugged everything, flipped them back on and when anything is plugged in and turned on they immediately trip. Read about shared neutrals and removed one of the breakers, problem persists. Both circuits are homeruns, #12 guage. Anyway to problem solve this?

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make sure breaker is wired correctly and eliminate any equipment ground to grounded conductor connections. these can be in any box in the circuit, and could be a ground wire touching the grounded conductor screw of a receptacle. you can have no continuity between grounded conductor and equipment ground. you can disconnect the circuit in the panel and ohm out the problem.
 
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make sure breaker is wired correctly and eliminate any equipment ground to grounded conductor connections. these can be in any box in the circuit, and could be a ground wire touching the grounded conductor screw of a receptacle. you can have no continuity between grounded conductor and equipment ground. you can disconnect the circuit in the panel and ohm out the problem.
Thanks...by ohm out the problem do you mean check continuity between the ground and neutral at the panel? And then search around for where this continuity is occurring?
 

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Hello:

Our home was recently remodeled and our kids rooms completely rebuilt. I did all the wiring. Yesterday I replaced the normal breakers with AFCI breakers are required by code. Both breakers immediately tripped. Unplugged everything, flipped them back on and when anything is plugged in and turned on they immediately trip. Read about shared neutrals and removed one of the breakers, problem persists. Both circuits are homeruns, #12 guage. Anyway to problem solve this?

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Please describe how you installed the AFCI
 

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Please describe how you installed the AFCI
Pulled out the traditional breaker, screwed the black to the new AFCI breaker and the white pigtail to the neutral bus bar. Square-D QO box. Our box is 125 amps and there are up to 3 neutral wires in each screw hole on the neutral bus. Initially placed both pigtails in the same screw hole, then separated them, but they are all ultimately tied together on the bar so this didn't make any difference.

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Pulled out the traditional breaker, screwed the black to the new AFCI breaker and the white pigtail to the neutral bus bar. Square-D QO box. Our box is 125 amps and there are up to 3 neutral wires in each screw hole on the neutral bus. Initially placed both pigtails in the same screw hole, then separated them, but they are all ultimately tied together on the bar so this didn't make any difference.

Thanks for the help.
Both the black hot wire and the white neutral wire attach to the AFCI, The coiled wire attaches to the neutral bus, so...

Find the neutral that was with the original black hot wire in the panel (look where the cable enters the panel). This neutral wire should be connected to the neutral bus. REMOVE it, and connect it to the AFCI breaker. See diagram below.

 

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check out the diagrams sirsparks has given you, because if you are following my advise in order you may not need to ohm out the circuit. I think that sirsparks is on to the problem that you have not connected the breaker correctly. if that doesn't get you fixed up, then yes as long as you have continuity on those conductors while they are disconnected in the panel the afci will trip. good luck :thumbup:
 

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FYI, even though the OP found his problem to be incorrect connections at the breaker, the procedure for finding a ground wire to equipment ground connection helped me figure out my issue... I had an AFCI circuit that works fine but the last recepts in the circuit hadn't been finished, I did all of them but skipped the next in line, when I put in the last recep which connected to the hot wires, I started getting AFCI trips. I had a ground wire that was contacting a neutral in one of the later outlets.
 
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