Do I need Arc Fault Breakers ?

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Old 06-02-19, 05:04 AM
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Do I need Arc Fault Breakers ?

I have a new Square D main breaker panel in my new build, I went to buy breakers so I could finish wiring in my panel box and the guy said I can't use regular breakers anymore, I need to use ARC Fault Breakers which were about $43 apiece. Is this something the electrical code changed that you HAVE to use ARC fault breakers now?
 
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Old 06-02-19, 05:07 AM
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Most areas of the home require arc faults now.
What part of the home was the new circuit going to serve?
 
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Old 06-02-19, 05:13 AM
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Yes. The requirement of AFCI breakers has been slowly phasing in over the last 4 code cycles. Just about all living spaces in a dwelling are required to be AFCI protected including:
Bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, living rooms, dens, libraries, parlors, sunrooms, rec rooms, closets, hallways, and laundry rooms.

AFAIK - spaces like garages, unfinished basements, and workshops should not require AFCI protection but local requirements may amend that.
 

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Not yet required for bathrooms even in latest NEC. Local codes might, though.
 
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Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy the new style breakers..
 
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