I need some advice regarding an AFCI in a sub panel.
The house I inspected was built in 2004 and has Square D panels. The AFCI’s are in the sub panel. No GFCI’s in the sub panel, only GFCI’s on the outlets in the bathroom, kitchen etc.
When testing the AFCI’s using the blue test button on the breaker, none of them tripped. There were 6 in the panel.
I did read somewhere that there needs to be something connected to the circuit in the bedroom outlet in order for them to trip on the panel using the test button – don’t know of that is true or not.
I have tested many AFCI’s using the test button on the breaker and they have tripped.
Also read that one should not rely on the test button but rather use Suretest tester.
The strange part is that the realtor lives in the same development and he tested his AFCI’s (Same year house, same breakers) and none of them tripped when pushing the test button. He had his neighbor do the same with same results – no breaker tripping.
Could the breakers be expired or bad or just not wired correctly – They were connected to the neutral bus bar.
Should I not be using the test button and use an AFCI tester only.
@jjonas - Looks like you are correct.
The recall does mention that these are one of the breakers recalled - the label shows HOM115AFI which is part of the list.
Thank you for your help.
Funny that the realtor told me he had sold a number of homes in that development and no one ever mentioned anything about the breakers. Also that his don’t work makes me think that all the homes used the same breakers and no one knows about it.
In my opinion, I’d make sure not to explicitly say that the breaker is faulty. You can say it may be faulty and appears to be part of a recall, but refer to an electrician for actual diagnosis and recommendation on a repair method.
I’ve found the AFCI’s with rubbery blue buttons need some love, before they trip, sometimes.
Press 'em left, right, hard, bounce a bit. After that they start working properly. These are mostly Eaton/Murray models.
Holding the test button down did nothing.
Found out that some people in the neighborhood had change them already.
The seller is going to have them switched out. A few more people are doing the same.
Appreciate all your feedback.