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Siemens arc fault breaker tripping under any load

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Installing arc fault interrupter with ground fault


If you meant arch fault with ground fault then no, the two types interfere with each other and trip the breaker as one senses an arch and the other grounding.
If you meant ground fault breaker with a GFCI. receptacle, you only need one of the two, either GFCI. breaker or receptacle.

and for circuits, you can put up to 12 devices (i.e receptacle, light)assuming they consume 1 amp each. Anything over 12 amps or 80% of the rating on the breaker, it will trip/reset.
Or if your talking about wires on a breaker then no more than 2 wires recommended. Try adding a junction box outside the panel if your trying to add other branch circuits or tap off of a receptacle.

Apr 21, 2013 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault 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...


Hi,

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.

Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,

Handie Andie

May 27, 2011 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

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My new home has a Siemens electrical panel with Arc Fault Breakers throughout the home. I consistantly experiance breakers tripping from all of these breakers, sometimes when the house has no one in it....


First let me state that I am not a licienced electrician,however I have done all sorts of construction work now for almost forty years.I have never heard of this being normal for properly sized and installed afci breakers.
I would contact siemens directly and see what they have to say. As I said this does not sound right to me.I think I would check with other electricians and see what they say. Thank you.

Apr 20, 2011 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

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I have two Siemens arc fault breakers that after a year have now started to trip whenever I plug something in. I can plug in a light, a TV, a modem, an iron and they trip immediately My bedrooms have...


Do you have anything plugged in? If they keep tripping with nothing plugged in I would call a electrician to troubleshoot or replace the breakers. They may still be under warranty from Siemans.

Feb 14, 2011 | Gen Tran Gen-Tran Siemens arc fault...

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What does the ambere (yellow) light on the breaker mean when you turn it on or it trips out and you reset it


If the Siemens 20Amp 1-pole arc-fault circuit breaker is wired correctly and there are no problems with the circuit that it is protecting, when first turning it to the ON position, the amber light will come on then go out after about 10 seconds or so.

If the breaker is wired incorrectly or there is a fault in the circuit the amber light will stay on.

Nov 07, 2010 | Siemens 20Amp 1-pole arc-fault circuit...

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My company wired a residence Inn Hotel and we had to install arcfault breakers in all of the resident rooms (4 floors). The arcfault breakers started tripping randomly. we disconnected the light fixtures...


The only way to really see what's going on is with a scope to look at the wave form. The arc fault breaker is the latest attempt by the NEC to control the world. Let's get real here, why on earth would we need 'arc fault protection'? The circuitry is 'looking' for a arc on the load that would indicate a potential ground fault or short circuit. I've heard nothing but negative problems associated with these devices. Too bad they are now required by the NEC. I wonder who got that 'pushed' through'...? There probably making bank right now. Sorry to voice my opinion, let me get back to the problem at hand. I really doubt it's the Chinese ballasts. It's probably more to do with the voltage level with no load, compared to the loaded voltage level. Also, it could have to do with the 'Harmonic Distortion' created by a large 'lagging power factor' coming from the ballast load. A small filter at the service entrance would probably eliminate your problems, but it's really not your problem is it? The building owner would be the one that has to mitigate 'his' electrical system issues. A good engineer capable of doing a 'power study' could have the answers for you...

Sep 23, 2009 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

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Having problems with siemens arc fault breakers tripping


check to see if ground is connected or netural is loose

Mar 19, 2009 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

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Arc fault trips under load


Arc fault breakers are definitely a pain. First make sure the receptacles are made for a 20 amp circuit. Second vacuums, Curlers,and most appliances will trip your breaker since they create an arc or a short if you will to operate. That is exactly what these breakers are made for. To stop the arc. Apparently they never really thought the whole arc fault thing through. As per code in most of arizona you only need this breaker in bedrooms where this type of appliance is not used. They also are more prone to popping so make sure you aren't running something on each of the receptacles at the same time

Dec 18, 2008 | Siemens 20Amp 1-pole arc-fault circuit...

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3 combination arc fault breakers tripping under load


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.

Nov 25, 2008 | Siemens 20Amp 1-pole arc-fault circuit...

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