AFCIs and the new Codes

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Old 04-16-06, 02:38 PM
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Question AFCIs and the new Codes

I have been seeing a lot about the new AFCIs. It makes a lot of sense. I have a couple of questions about retrofits.
We have four 15 amp feeds going to 3 bedrooms on the second floor. The baths are separately wired. The 4 feeds go to duplex receptacles, lights and a ceiling fan in each of the bedrooms.
1. Can I just replace the four regular breakers in the main panel with these new AFCIs?
2. Where is a good place to buy them and about how much should I expect to pay for each breaker?
3. Is this a smart upgrade to do?
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Old 04-16-06, 03:08 PM
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1. Yes, as long as you get breakers made for your panel.
2. An electrical supply store. I have no idea on the price.
3. You will get many opionions on this, going both ways.
 
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Old 04-16-06, 03:20 PM
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> 1. Can I just replace the four regular breakers in the main panel with these new AFCIs?

Probably. Must be same amperage and style (type).


> 2. Where is a good place to buy them and

Depends. So you have to shop around.
Direct from the manufacturer's Internet site is sometimes a good choice, if available, at least if you are ordering a lot of stuff at once.


> about how much should I expect to pay for each breaker?

Perhaps this should be your first question.
Depends on manufacturer, poles, amperage, and coming soon: date of manufacture (all new AFCIs will include GFCI too; some manufacturers have been making both functions in their AFCIs all along).


3. Is this a smart upgrade to do?
Yes (although AFCIs have not proved to be durable for all load and electrical conditions; I've seen several that failed to reset within two years of installation).

AFCIs are no substitute for proper wiring, good equipment, no extension cords, no frayed appliance or lamp cords, etc.

In other words, would you be willing to fly in a poorly maintained airplane if you have a parachute?
 
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Old 04-16-06, 03:26 PM
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$38-$52 bucks depending on where you go around here

and looking at the advertisers on this website they are even cheaper ... under 30 bucks ...
 

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