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I have a two year old house that is in a very rural location. Power service is poor, any wind or rain makes the power go off and on like you are flipping a switch.

Recently, my master bedroom breaker keeps tripping when the power is interupted. No other breakers.

I don't know if this is normal or if it is of some significance. Any ideas???
 

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Is the breaker an AFCI? In a two year old house it almost certainly is. AFCIs just trip randomly. Your best bet is to replace it with a normal breaker (not code compliant). If the regular breaker trips, then you have a serious problem of some sort. If not, then it's fine.

There's a chance the AFCI is tripping due to a real fault of some sort, but then it would probably trip at other times as well. There's also a chance the AFCI is just defective. It is an electronic device after all, and can be damaged by surges.
 

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Yes that is AFCI.

So you have a choice.

1. Assume it's a real fault and try to figure it out.
2. Assume it's a false trip and try to figure out what load triggers it and move it out of the bedroom.
3. Assume the AFCI is defective and replace it with a new AFCI.
4. Replace the AFCI with a regular breaker.

Option 1... is unlikely because it would trip at other times too.
Option 2... Is there a computer plugged into the bedroom? Maybe a mac pro?
Option 3... It'll cost you $30 or so and may not fix anything
Option 4... violates the code but would be the easiest way. If there is a real fault, it could also just obscure it and put you at a risk (albiet, probably a slight one).

PS- This should go without saying, but if you choose to violate code by putting in a regular breaker, you assume full responsibility for anything bad that happens.
PPS- But also consider this: If your house had been built 3 or 4 years ago, a regular breaker would already be in that slot instead of the AFCI.
 
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