First let me say to you and everyone else reading that I am not saying that a mismatched breaker is an acceptable practice. I also think in typical form I make mention of two aspects and everyone jumps on the opportunity to stand up and try to “little” my comment, including you Juan.
The fact still remains insurance/warranty issues are one of the reasons panels have the comment in their legend. The breaker all in itself will also function as intended, whether it fits or not. How well the performance no one knows depending on the specific type. Some I am sure will perform poorly since they don’t fit…
Some of the information I have researched has found even electricians cannot agree.
Your pictures and references to your article showing information on the subject are examples of breakers that obviously don’t belong or don’t fit, but that’s not always the case. I am also sure that your not removing breakers to try and identify them when I have had people jump my butt for “flipping” them. .
You still never answered some of my questions. What about a cutler hammer in a bryant?
I have personally looked at panels that may belong or look like they belong. Some, there is no way while evaluating the panel, to know without going home and doing research which still may not yield the answer.
but I guess just like everything else, if we don’t know we just pass it off to the tradesmen and let them figure it out. Maybe we should do more homework on the subject.
Here you go Juan, would you call this one out and end up being incorrect?
Unfortunately, we cannot give a cross-reference because no manufacturer has a functional equivalent of Eaton’s Cutler-Hammer Series Smart Breaker™—however, our devices have been UL Classified to be installed in their panels, and you can offer the benefits of Smart Breaker™ to your customers regardless of their installed base.
IMO unless 100% sure the breaker is not interchangeable, and your reporting it as improper, your providing inaccurate information.