AFCI Breaker Light Question

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Old 10-13-15, 05:36 PM
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AFCI Breaker Light Question

I have a Siemens AFCI Breaker (QAF TYPE?). I turned it off yesterday so I can work on the wall area and when I turned it back on the breaker had a orange light that came on next the the word "Arc Fault" then the light turned off after 4-5 seconds. It does that every time I turn it off and then on. The breaker doesn't trip either. What does that mean?
 
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Old 10-13-15, 05:51 PM
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LED trip indicator – a Siemens exclusive!
From the Siemens info site.

The light comes on and the circuit is dead....correct ?
 
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MY bad its actually the breaker for the 7 outlets in our spare bedroom. Nothing is plugged into any of the outlets.
 
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Ok..... so where are we ?

Does the light come on and receptacles are dead ?
 
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Okay I turned the power off to the outlets a few hours ago then I turned it back on. I noticed when I turned the breaker back on the LED light for the arch fault turned on a for 4-5 seconds then turned off. The breaker is not tripped nor is it. Im just wondering what the 5 second LED means because its not doing it with the breaker above it.
 
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Ahhh.... OK.

I haven't seen that on the new Siemens breakers yet but it would appear to be a stabilization period. If the light stayed on it would mean trouble.

Interesting that others aren't doing the same thing.

Check back in the morning when the early guys come thru. Maybe one of them has run across that issue.
 
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My guess is some kind of start up sequence as long as the circuit is working and not tripping inappropriately I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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It is a "trip" indicator. When you power the breaker on it shows the cause of the last "trip" up to 30 days.

http://w3.usa.siemens.com/powerdistr...pole-afci.aspx
 
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