Smart meters are now being installed in my area.
Smart meters are starting to trip AFCI’s as reported by 2 electricians I know and work with so far.
As you know, an arc fault breaker looks at an electrical sign wave and figures out what’s right and what’s not.
When it “see’s” the signature of an arc, it trips. RF ( radio frequency) interference has nearly the same electrical signature as an electrical arc.
Guess how the new smart meters talk to the home office? (radio frequency)
Where the electrical panel is located next to the smart meter problems have developed according to my bubba electricians.
This is NOT a builders problem. It is a utility company problem. A builder has no control over a utility company.
Need to be sure the AFCI is tripping due to smart meter and not from electrical work. This can be done by requesting the utility company switch back to a mechanical meter.
What can someone do? Write your congressmen and ask that the utility companies go back to the drawing board. (??)
It is my understanding that PG&E in Ca has already been told by court order to switch back to mechanical meters when someone has problems. More fun to come I am sure.
(No effective RF shield is available that won’t also block the RF signal back to “big brother”.)
If you inspect homes then this info may be of benefit to your master macro file.