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Replace the breaker, I'm assuming you mean the breaker itself and not the slot in the cover.


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Hi Will,

I am an electrician and can help you with this problem.

The panel should have a label that provides the catalog number of the panel. Many labels also detail all the breaker types that the panel has been tested with by UL, FM or other recognized testing laboratory. It is a violation of the electrical code to install any breaker into a panel that it was not designed to accept - even it it fits or can be "made" to fit. This means if it is not listed as an acceptable breaker, it must not be introduced to the panel.

The BR20 AF and CH20 AF are both "Combination Arc Fault Circuit Breakers". This means either device is capable of interrupting current flow when either: (1) an over-current condition exists, or (2) when an arc fault is detected regardless of load.

The fronts look very different:

The BR20 AF circuit breaker above.

The CH20 AF circuit breaker above.

These breakers are NOT interchangeable. The CH series has fully exposed clips to engage the relatively flat (or flush) powered buss bar of the panel, while the BR series has a slot in the body that accepts a thin (blade-like), raised powered buss tab of a completely different style panel.

You should replace the breaker only with a like type, arc fault breaker. A similar looking, ground fault breaker is NOT a replacement for this breaker.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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Will an Eaton br 120 circuit breaker properly replace a challenger c120?

Hi - I'm an electrician and can help you with this question.

It is very important to note that only those circuit breaker models listed on the electrical panel cover are permitted by electrical code to be installed in the electrical panel. Introducing any other brand or model circuit breaker voids the UL or FM listing, regardless if it fits.

This is because the manufacturer sends his product to a UL and/or FM laboratory for thorough testing and certification. The product (electrical panel in this case) is tested with all the breakers the manufacturer supplies with the panel. If the panel passes the tests, the manufacturer receives the much coveted UL and/or FM listing or mark for the panel and breakers that pass and can be marketed and sold. Only those breakers that were tested and passed in that panel and are permitted to be used in the panel and can be considered a UL and/or FM listing assembly. The code allows only those electrical products bearing this mark to be installed. So, even though each manufacturer has their individual products tested in different combinations, they can not be "mixed and matched" between different manufacturers and products not tested in that particular combination. The only the tested combinations the passed are printed on the inside of the panel cover. Mix and match results in an electrical code violation (an inspector would require the correct breaker before giving an approval) and if a fire breaks out - and it is determined that the source was this circuit breaker - most insurance companies will not pay a claim. That's a lot of risk for a $10 circuit breaker.

You should only install a circuit breaker that is listed for use in the panel you have. Check this link for a listing of C120 breakers available for purchase

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The General Electric THQL two pole 100 amp double breaker?

It's coded HACR.
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration equipment.
Means it can be used with electric motors. Electric motors draw a surge of electricity to start.

The UPC code will be for THAT style of breaker, and THAT manufacturer who made it.
Same with the EAN.
It will be on the breaker.

Let's use the Connecticut General Electric THQL 21100 100amp 2-pole breaker for an example;

Here you see it's UPC is 094925005165

If you are trying to purchase, or guide someone remote from you, in buying a breaker that will fit their service panel, find out what service panel it is.
The Model Number.

This will tell you, or a representative that sells breakers, what General Electric style of breaker that is needed.
Or state it in a Comment, and I'll look it up.


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Very simple: Unhook the wire from the breaker and then pry up at the center of the box... the breaker slips over a blade at the center of the box and tucks under a pair of tabs near where the wire connects.

That is, the breakers tip up from near the center of the box toward the outside.

You can use aa flat screwdriver to go right between the breakers at the center to nudge them up to start... DO NOT put the driver in more than 1/4 inch.

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The process contain a certain degree of risk, but if you follow all safety steps, you should be just fine. Most standard electric panels have a main disconnect switch or breaker at the top of the panel or load center. It is a code requirement. If the load center doesn't have one, then look for the main disconnect at a different location possibly near the electric meter. Turn it off. You better have a flashlight handy or a caving or miner's helmet, because you are going to need a light source. Circuit breakers plug into the load center. The electricity flows into each breaker via a large metal strip inside the panel or load center. It is called a bus bar. This strip is HIGHLY dangerous. Touch this strip while it is energized and you will very likely die. If a screwdriver you are holding slips and touches it, expect nearly the same result. Keep in mind that even though the main breaker may be off, the bus bar may be energized for any number of reasons! Also, the wires leading into the top of the main disconnect are always energized and represent a life safety hazard. In other words, the inside of an electric panel or load center is ALWAYS a dangerous place to be. The black wire to a circuit attaches to one end of a standard or AFCI breaker. The location is almost always a hole that is drilled through a threaded cylinder. A screw twists into this cylinder and tightly clamps down the wire. When installing a new breaker, I always find it easier to attach the circuit wire to the breaker before I plug the breaker into the panel. When removing a breaker, I usually unplug the breaker from the bus bar and then remove the circuit wire from the end of the breaker. Make sure the breaker is in the off position. The end of the breaker where the circuit wire attaches almost always has a small notch in it. This notch fits under or slides into a metal tab strip that runs parallel with the bus bar. This is what stabilizes the breaker. Without this secondary attachment, the breakers would flap in the panel much like a sail that is not tied down to the mast or the side of a boat. Tip the end of the breaker so the notch slides into the metal tab. You then align the breaker with the bus bar and push it down onto the bar. The tension tabs on the breaker open slightly and grip the bus bar as the breaker seats itself. If you feel the breaker seated itself correctly, simply turn it on. All should be well. Remember to follow the instructions that come with the breaker. Always follow the sequence the manufacturer suggests. AFCI breakers require one additional step. You need to locate the white wire that is paired with the black wire in that circuit. The white wire actually attaches to the breaker as well. There is a coiled white wire that leads out of the breaker. This white wire attaches to the neutral bus bar in spot that is vacated when you disconnect the white wire of the circuit. If this answer scared you, call an electrician!

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