CAFCI breaker

(Jeff Merritt) #1

I have a contractor (new construction 2018) saying that an CAFCI circuit breaker is OK to install in bathrooms.I say no, anyone have any info saying yes, I have looked and can’t find anything.

(Larry Kage, CMI) #2

They are not GFCI breakers per Schneider Electric.

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(Jim Port) #3

Afci protection can be used if desired in addition to areas that already require it. The receptacles would still need gfi protection.

(Chuck Evans, CMI TREC 7657) #4

It’s perfectly fine so long as he installs GFCI protection at the receptacle. It’s not a substitute or alternative. If he thinks it is, ask him to point out the language in the NEC.

(Robert Meier) #5

Why would you say no even if it weren’t required? Isn’t extra protection a good thing?

(Jeff Merritt) #6

Thanks for confirming what I thought.

(Jim Port) #7

your OP said you thought you could not install them. That is incorrect.

(Don C. Hawley) #8

For an extra $5 they can use a dual purpose AFCI/GFCI breaker and everyone would be happy.

(Jeff Merritt) #9

yes in a bathroom without a GFCI outlet