Question about Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

1 Answer

Breaker pops intermittently

We had our house re-wired and this damned thing was required by "code". Periodically, and without warning it trips. The electrician said there's nothing to be done "first generation" he said.

I'd like to swap it out. The wiring set up bothers me though. Hot in, neutral looks complicated.

Any suggestions?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,714 Answers

It's the new 'arc fault' breaker. It's similar to a GFCI breaker only instead of monitoring current leaking for shock hazard, it looks for a arcing condition on the circuit. You can easily change this breaker out to a 'regular' circuit breaker and not sacrifice safety. Look at the panel and get the Mfg. name, like 'Square D' or ' Westinghouse', or what ever. Then go to Home Depot and get a matching amperage breaker, 20 for a 20, you know? Then turn the breaker off. Unhook the hot and the neutral wire from the breaker. Now, hook the white neutral wire to the 'neutral bus; where you see all the other white wires, pick an open hole and put it in. Tighten it up. Then put the new breaker (turn it off) in the slot where you take the arc fault breaker out. Hook the hot wire to the new breaker in. That's it!

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Dish machine keep popping breaker


your heating element is perhaps gone its the most likely things just after inital cycle call.... try to disconnect the element two spades and if it goes past this point i would replace it for sure
or some leakage too earth
sounds like too me the element jacket is bad and water has leaked in good old house trip before your house may have burned down...!!!! so...

something is leaking to earth ... that has water inside
perhaps the main recycle or outlet pump housings has cracked...??? look for rust on the motors laminated cores...

Mar 05, 2015 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

REPLACE SWITCH BUT DOES THE SAME THING BEFORE I REPLACE THE SWITCH POP CIRCUIT BREAKER I THINK MAYBE THE GROUND


A hotplate of that size requires a designated plug. It must be wired correctly with the right wire size to handle 15 amp. If the wiring is sloppy or is just one of 12 plugs and or lighting on that circuit it will trip the breaker if it is working flawlessly. Also never use an extension cord with it.

Nov 09, 2013 | Wells H33 Hotplate w/ Single Burner

1 Answer

No power


see this step: God bless you
check.gif Check the house circuit breaker to see if it tripped?
Click here if you own a Vacuflo Central Vacuum Unit continuously trips your circuit breaker
If it is tripped, then turn off your central vacuum unit and reset the circuit breaker. Then turn the central vacuum unit on. If the circuit breaker trips again, then refer to the following:
check.gifDetermine if the house circuit your vacuum unit is on has sufficient voltage required.
check.gifIf your unit has a reset button, press the button and try again.
check.gifCross the low voltage wire from the relay at the unit with a small screw driver. If you hear the relay click you need to replace your motor.
Click here to view Central Vacuum Motors
Click here to view How to replace a motor
If you do not hear a click, then you need to replace your relay.

Jul 24, 2012 | Bissell 21K3 CleanView Helix Bagless...

1 Answer

1 question can Cutler Hammer breakers have the amperage feed through the breakers. To the breaker box and from the box grid to the load. Does it matter which way the amperage is fed through the breaker?...


There seem to be several questions mingled in with those 2 questions.

1) Amps can go either way

2) Breakers trip when heat exceeds certain level. Heat is caused by amps.

3) You want to add a subpanel in garage.
I do not know the code in your area for installing a subpanel.
Your plan will work by connecting 6 gauge wire to main breaker, and new 60 amp breaker will protect wires between main box and subpanel.
Remember, wires going into main breaker cannot be turned off without pulling meter.
Some areas require license to pull meter.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

4) To work around license and meter-pull, simply replace a 240V breaker in main panel with your new 60 amp breaker.
Then move breakers around to match new set-up.
New subpanel can accommodate two new 240V breakers and one new 120 Breaker
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-a-subpanel.html

5) 6 gauge wire is correct for 60 amp breaker.

6) I'm not sure what you mean by the box rails?

7) Do you need more amperage on main service?
This means adding a larger service panel with 150 Watt or 200 Watt main breaker.
Some areas require service upgrade when remodeling or adding circuits.

8) How to figure total amp draw at your house.
Add up total watts being used.
For example you have 1/2 Hp motor
754 watts per Hp
1/2 Hp = 377Watts
Volts x Amps = Watts
Amps = Watts divided by Volts.
377 Watts divided by 240Volts = 1.57 amps (plus a bit more amperage when motor starts)
40 watt light bulb divided by 120Volts = .33 amps
Double oven has label located inside door that shows upper and lower wattage.
Dishwasher, dryer, big screen TV, satellite receiver all have labels that show wattage.
Water heater has label that shows wattage of each element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

Add a comment for more help

Feb 18, 2011 | Cutler Hammer 100 Amp Main Breaker...

1 Answer

Why is my 50 amp GFIC breaker tripping out? I have just installed a new hot tube.I had one there before(smaller 40 amp) so there was already #8 wire there.The new hot tub requires a 50 amp. #6 wire. I just...


There might be a few things here:

1) Big problem >> the #8 wire is a fire hazard connected to a 50Amp breaker

#8 is a 40 amp breaker
#6 is a 55 amp breaker
We put #6 on a 60 amp breaker
Are you saying you hooked the #8 wire to the new 50 amp breaker, and the hot tub called for #6 wire?

Upsize your wire and breaker to meet code
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Wire-size-amp-rating.pdf

2) After putting the correct wire and breaker, you can still have a short in the circuit somewhere
We used to set equipment out in the field in early morning >> the grass was wet >> our equipment was fine, but the tiniest short would cause the GFCI to trip

I don't know where the problem is without a thorough checkout of every possible grounded surface. You need a good multi-meter

3) You better get an electrician over there to have a look before the place burns down or somebody wakes up dead in the hot water.

If I sound a bit scary here, it's because something doesn't sound right with your installation.

Oct 19, 2010 | Inline 60 Amp Circuit Breaker

2 Answers

My HP HDTV trips my circuit brakers


1) Try with a different surge protector. The oine you're using could have a short-circuit
2) Try without a surge suppressor, at least for a day
3) Does the circuit breaker trip when something else starts running? Your microwave, fridge, dishwasher, etc.?

4) Check the user's manual of your TV, under SPECIFICATIONS. Check for "POWER REQUIREMENTS". If the power requirements listed is greater than 15 Amps or 1,700 Watts (assuming you live in the USA and your household is 110-120V), then the circuit breaker will almost always be triggered by the TV. Most circuit breakers inside a house are 15 Amps.

The only option you have is to replace the circuit breaker for one that has more Amps, but doing so on your own without having and electrican check if the wiring will hold the extra load is extremely unadvaisable. You may end up with an electric fire in your hands.

May 29, 2009 | HP PL4260N 42 in. Plasma HDTV

1 Answer

Iron tripping my electric


Check the power label on the unit to see if it is indicating a higher requirement than what your circuit breakers and house wiring is rated for. I have seen some professional equipment indicating 20 amps, and the house power was rated to 15 amps maximum. In this case an electrical contractor had to be called in to replace the wiring and and circuit breaker to meet proper specs. This is expensive!

If the unit is rated under the house power available and the breaker is tripping, then there is obviously a defect in the device and service is required. I have seen heating elements go partialy shorted, or there were thrmostat faults and the device was overheating.

Jerry G.

Apr 26, 2009 | Russell Hobbs RC100A 10-Cup Rice Cooker

1 Answer

Dryer flips the breaker ran 4 1 year and nothing changed started this 2 days ago any idea about the


If its tripping your breaker either the motor is seized for some reason (easily tested by trying to turn the motor pulley by hand), or something in it is shorted out, most likely thing to short out and trip a house breaker is the heating element.

You can easily test the heating element as the possible cause by taking the 2 wires off the element connector, tape up these wires so it doesn't short out, plug the dryer in and try to run it. If its the heating element shorted out then the dryer will now run without tripping your breaker but of course not heat. If so replace the element.

Mar 09, 2009 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

1 Answer

30 amp breaker trips intermittently


It sounds like this circuit breaker is worn out and needs to be replaced. good luck

Jan 19, 2009 | Siemens 2 pole 30 amp breaker

2 Answers

Electrical - Air Conditioning


Ben, you are on the right track. To upgrade the breaker, first look at the main house breaker panel and determine if allowing more current through main breaker will be taxing it too highly (will 20 more amps exceed my main breaker limit...what is the main breaker current trip at?) Then look at the wire size leading away from the 40 amp breaker to outside. If it is 6 gage copper or 4 gage copper-clad aluminum wire, you are ok to upgrade. Any smaller wire size could be unhealthy.

Sep 03, 2007 | Heating & Cooling

Not finding what you are looking for?
Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker Logo

456 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Siemens Electrical Supplies Experts

Steve

Level 3 Expert

3287 Answers

john h

Level 3 Expert

11025 Answers

Mike

Level 3 Expert

4336 Answers

Are you a Siemens Electrical Supply Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...