Hi. I work in the area of codes & standards for the National Association of Home Builders.
I just spoke with a gentleman, who told me his daughter’s home had a pre-sale home inspection, and the required AFCI protection was missing. The house is 3 years old, and the state where the house is was on the 2014 NEC at the time. The code had been amended to remove AFCI protection from kitchens and laundry areas, but it was still required for bedrooms, living rooms, dens, etc. After some questioning, I found out that the owners had problems with nuisance tripping the first year, so the electrician came to fix it. The owners were told that there were ‘builder grade’ breakers in the panel that are only used during construction, and he replaced them with ‘permanent’ breakers. Now the owners want to sell, but the house isn’t up to code.
Has anyone run across this before where AFCIs were required when the home was built but are not in the panel? My guess is this will be a more frequent occurrence in the next few years as more homes go on the resale market in areas that require AFCIs.