Things always seem to occur in threes, so within the past week I have had three electricians call me to tell me that recommending the installation of AFCI breakers in older homes is irresponsible. I’ve only been doing so since around January of this year at the recommendation of my attorneys and insurance providers.
The electricians have stated that such a recommendation creates more problems than it solves because it would involve complete rewiring of the appropriate circuits, which could involve many tens of thousands of dollars of wall, ceilling, and floor tear-out for what they consider very little extra protection; i.e., the benefits do not justify the cost (until, of course, someone’s house burns down).
While I’ve never been concerned about the cost to make something better while the property is owned by someone else, can the electricians amongst us weigh in on this, please? I might decide to reword my AFCI verbiage based on this thread.
What is everyone else doing?
Here’s three files stored at About Homes that I reference my Clients to: