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Inspector/AHJ Question??? #193294
03/25/10 06:00 PM
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Guys:

How do you test AFCI operation?


John
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Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1] #193296
03/25/10 10:19 PM
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Test them? I'm happy if they hold.

Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: schenimann] #193297
03/26/10 08:55 AM
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i use an AFCI tester

Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: Rewire] #193298
03/26/10 09:18 AM
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Rewire:

OK, elaborate please.....brand?, OK for all mfg?, satisfaction? Please!!


John
Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1] #193301
03/26/10 11:21 AM
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Jim M  Offline
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John,

The only recognized test is to use the TEST button on the breaker.

Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: Jim M] #193302
03/26/10 12:37 PM
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How does the test button on an AFCI work, does it simulate a parallel arc fault?

Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: SteveFehr] #193303
03/26/10 12:42 PM
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I use the test button, is there an approved tester?

Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: LK] #193306
03/26/10 02:08 PM
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Thanks to all. There are testers available, although I have seen/heard of conflicting info.

Basically, AFCI is new here in NJ, and I'm on an info search.



John
Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1] #193308
03/26/10 05:31 PM
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Nobody really tells us what the test button does. For all we know it is just a shunt trip but I bet it simulates a ground fault.
The manufacturer designs the proprietary circuit and they decide what a good test might be but I doubt it tests all the possible failure scenarios. They also say you can't believe a negative result from someone else's tester so draw from that what you like.


Greg Fretwell
Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1] #193309
03/26/10 05:58 PM
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its made by Ideal model 61-165 I purchased it two years ago it works fine.

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