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#193294 - 03/25/10 07:00 PM Inspector/AHJ Question???  
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Guys:

How do you test AFCI operation?


John

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#193296 - 03/25/10 11:19 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]  
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Test them? I'm happy if they hold.


#193297 - 03/26/10 09:55 AM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: schenimann]  
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i use an AFCI tester


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

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


John

#193301 - 03/26/10 12:21 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]  
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John,

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


#193302 - 03/26/10 01:37 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: Jim M]  
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How does the test button on an AFCI work, does it simulate a parallel arc fault?


#193303 - 03/26/10 01:42 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: SteveFehr]  
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I use the test button, is there an approved tester?


#193306 - 03/26/10 03:08 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: LK]  
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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

#193308 - 03/26/10 06:31 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]  
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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

#193309 - 03/26/10 06:58 PM Re: Inspector/AHJ Question??? [Re: HotLine1]  
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its made by Ideal model 61-165 I purchased it two years ago it works fine.


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