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I have a celling fan with light in my bedroom. The fan is off, but when I turn the light switch on, it trips the circuit breaker. I have used the fan and the light for the last two years with no probl

I have a celling fan with light in my bedroom installed about two years ago. I had no proble with turning the fan or the light. Just the other day when I turned on just the light, not the fan, it triped the circuit breaker. I reset the circuit breaker and when I turned the light sw on it triped the circuit breaker again. Can someone please help what should I look for and what is cause may be? Thanks,

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This is not relevant to this forum - please repost under domestic lighting equipment.

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When I turn on the ceiling fan on it trips the breaker.


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I have bedrooms with arc fault breakers in them. Randomly, the breaker will trip for no apparent reason. Usually only the lights are on in the bedroom, and nothing is plugged in to the outlets. The room...


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If your arc fault breakers are tripping, then there is an arc developing somewhere along the line from the panelboard to the rooms that the breakers cover. If they are breaking in more than one room, then the fault lies in the lines somewhere between the panel and junction to these rooms.
You would have to trace the line from the panel to each light/outlet until you find the problem. Remember the arcing could be occurring anywhere, in the line, at the light, or at the outlet.
Your brother should be able to check each section of wire for continuity rather than ripping out all the wires in those circuits.

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Truthfully, the arcfault function is designed to detect arcing in a circuit. AFCIs disable the circuit immediately if they detect any type of problem (read "arcing") in the circuit. since the sawsall motor functions DUE to acring of the brushes on the motor, your circut is actually behaving according to design.

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I have a circuit breaker that controls a light switch and all the outlets in one bedroom and controls half the outlets and a light switch in another bedroom. None of which work now. I have replaced the...


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Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from power.
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Now, reconnect cable from breaker box to one of the other sets of black and white wires located in junction box.
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