Warm GFCI Breaker

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Old 08-27-06, 12:24 PM
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Warm GFCI Breaker

In our electrical panel we have 2 GFCI breakers next to each other. One is for the master bedroom the other is for 2 guest bedrooms. Each of these breakers is warm to the touch. We have had no electrical problems in either room and it has never tripped. I just thought it was strange that these breakers would be warm while the others are not. Is it normal for a GFCI breaker to be warmer than a regular breaker?
 
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Old 08-27-06, 12:50 PM
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How warm is warm? I have yet to find a good way to describe this in writing. Sometimes even a regular breaker can be a bit warm while the others are not without a problem. Sometimes one breaker will make the next feel warm.

A slightly warm breaker is nothing to worry about. A bit warmer and you could have a loose connection, or high amp draw on that circuit. Even warmer and you could have a serious problem.

In any of the above cases, the breaker is designed to trip if its internal thermal part becomes too hot. I would not loose any sleep over this. If you are concerned you can just look inside the panel and see if you have any obvious signs of discoloration. (is that a word?) You can also turn the breaker off, and carefully check to see if the screw where the wire ties in is tight.
 
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Old 08-27-06, 01:04 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I guess there really isnt a good way to describe the temperature of the breaker. I wouldnt call it slightly warm, but its not hot to the touch. Its just strange because there really isnt anything in these rooms drawing a lot of amps.
 
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Old 08-27-06, 01:28 PM
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Are these GFCI's or AFCI's, since they go to the bedrooms?
 
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Old 08-27-06, 02:42 PM
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I just double checked. They are AFCI's. Sorry for the confusion. It shows you how much I know about electrical stuff.
 
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Old 08-27-06, 07:32 PM
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Just wanted clarification so you could be safe. As Jwhite stated, it is quite ordinary for some breakers to warm up slightly, so you should be ok with them.
 
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