This Bryant GFCI circuit breaker has a hot (black) and a neutral (white) wire. It also appears to have a pigtail (white), but I’m not positive if that’s what it is.
I was unable to find any installation instructions for this Bryant GFCI circuit breaker.
Do all GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers take a hot and a neutral wire? Should I always expect to see a hot and a neutral wire connecting to GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers? How do I know if a panel has a neutral bus bar where a neutral wire would not be required for GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers?
Do any GFCI or AFCI circuit breakers require two hot wires?
The two branch circuit conductors (black and white) will attach to the circuit breaker as shown in the photo. As Jim stated there may or may not be a neutral pigtail. There will not be a neutral pigtails if the panel and the circuit breaker is designed for plug-on neutral. For a protected 240 volt circuit you may find two ungrounded conductors as well as a neutral on the circuit breaker.
Thank you for clarifying, Jim! This is good training and feedback for me.
This explanation is helping me to understand what it is that I’m looking at, as well as what to look for. Thank you, @rmeier2 !
That neutral bar is something that I’ve probably seen before, but I never realized that the breakers clamp onto there. It sounds like a c or u-shaped clamp on the breaker allows it to secure itself to the neutral bar. Do the neutral grounded conductors underneath lugs on the neutral bar come from each circuit?
You’re correct, these CB’s do not require a load neutral connection and the line neutral connection is from the plug-in neutral. There selling point is the one wire connection. From Siemens:
Siemens introduces the new simple, spacious and secure Plug-on neutral load centers with electronic breakers. The Siemens Plug-On Neutral Combination Type AFCI breaker detects arcing faults (an unintentional arcing condition in a circuit) that standard circuit breakers are unable to detect. This AFCI circuit breaker is the same, reliable design, without the pigtail, specifically design for the Plug-On Neutral Load Centers. These breakers now only have a single load lug. The branch neutral conductor is returned to the neutral terminal bar for simpler and quicker wiring.
Simply installs like any other breaker, now without the pigtail
HACR and SWD rated
The original statement refuted by George did not say anything about a “load” neutral connection only that they had a neutral connection. This they do without a pigtail because it is a “plug on neutral.” So they do have a neutral connection.
It’s unclear to me what the difference is between the function of a “load neutral connection” and a “line neutral connection.” It sounds like the “load neutral connection” would attach to the side of the breaker, while the “line neutral connection” would be the the plug-on clamp attachment to the neutral bar. Is there any difference in what kind of function the two types of neutral connections would serve?