Electrical safety goes beyond preventing shocks. At TrueView Home Inspections, we believe in comprehensive protection, and that’s where AFCI comes in.
What is AFCI?
AFCI, or Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, is designed to prevent fires caused by unintentional electrical arcs. These arcs can occur when electricity jumps between two separate paths, potentially igniting nearby materials.
While GFCI is designed to protect against shocks, AFCI focuses on preventing fires. AFCI outlets and breakers look for signs of hazardous arcing in a circuit and shut it down if any are detected.
Where Are AFCI Devices Typically Installed?
AFCI protection is recommended in:
Any area with significant electrical wiring
One of the nuances with earlier AFCI devices was “nuisance tripping,” where the breaker would trip without a clear reason. Advancements in technology have made modern AFCI devices more reliable, but it’s essential to be aware of this characteristic.
How to Reset and Test AFCI Devices
Similar to GFCI, AFCI devices come with test buttons. Testing is crucial to ensure the device is operational:
Plug a device (like a lamp) into the AFCI outlet.
Press the “test” button. The device should turn off.
Reset the breaker or outlet. The device should turn back on.
AFCI protection is an indispensable tool in preventing electrical fires in homes. Combined with GFCI protection, homeowners can ensure a comprehensive electrical safety net. At TrueView Home Inspections, we’re here to guide you through these concepts, ensuring that safety always comes first in your home