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3 combination arc fault breakers tripping under load

I have a 100 amp sub panel in garage,new addition above garage.2 arc faults serving lighting in the addition and 1 arc fault serving plugs in the addition.garage plugs are dedicated.When I plug chop saw or any large load in garage plugs it trips arc fault breakers that are on same phase. When I plug something in to the other phase like bath plug it trips the other arc fault breaker on that phase.These arc fault breakers will not trip unless there is a load.This is a older house and the only outlets affecting these arc faults is on the new sub panel.I can plug a halogen light in the arc fault circ that only has plugs, and it doesn't
trip.When I put a roto zip or vacume it does.I have tried these arc fault brakers in my own 100 amp sub panel and they do not trip with a vacume or roto zip.I have checked all nuetral connections at this house including transformer and meter.Please help.

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What is happening is the white wire that comes off the breaker is probably too close to another neutral or too close to a hot wire that is on one of the other circuits that will make it trip when you use a drill etc... Check to see if the coiled up white wire off of the breaker is not near a hot in the panel. I have had lots of arc fault breakers trip for that reason.

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