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I accidentlly press the arc breaker button and need help cause the light would not go on

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Turn the breaker all the way to the off position and then to the on position.

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15amp Eaton Arc fault breaker type BRAF trips every day at same time. There are no high amp electrical things plugged in. What is causing this? should I have it replaced?

"Arc fault" breakers trip when an arc occurs, either in a receptacle or a light switch, for example. An arc can be caused by an old light switch, when turning it on. An arc can also occur when you unplug a chord while the device is still turned on or running.

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Arc fault circuit breaker will not reset


I'm an electrician and can help you out with this problem. A tripping arc fault breaker is an indication of a problem with the circuit that will need to be corrected before it can be reset.

The first thing to do is remove all the cord-connected devices from the outlets. This will help in a couple of ways - the first will is that the load on the circuit will be reduced if the tripping is the result of an over-current condition; and will also remove any device that is mimicking the type of arcing trouble the circuit breaker is designed to detect. After all the devices have been removed, reset & turn on the circuit breaker. This means the handle must be pushed to the OFF position fully, and then pressed in the opposite direction to the ON position. If the breaker stays on, begin plugging the cord-connected devices back into the outlets. If the breaker trips, disconnect the last device plugged in, and turn the breaker back on as described above.

You should have the device that caused the trip thoroughly checked before connecting to your home's wiring.

If the breaker tripped before plugging in the cord-connected devices, check fixtures - fluorescent in particular. Older arc fault breakers often confused fluorescent fixtures as dangerous arcs problems. You should disconnect them / remove lamps and try again.

If still unable to get the breaker to stay on, there may be a problem with the breaker or the wiring. You can check the breaker after first removing the load wire from the breaker terminal - but I caution against doing this if you are not completely familiar with working with breakers and live voltages found in an electrical panel.

A qualified electrician should be called to solve the problem for you if you have followed the steps above without any luck.

I hope this helps!

Mar 29, 2012 | Electrical Supplies

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Breaker popped and wont reset yellow light on arc fault breaker after plugging in small humidifier unplugged but it wont reset

Hi, I don't know if this has been solved or not, but anytime these G.F.I. breakers trip, it is for safety because it is picking up a voltage leak from what ever appliance has been plugged in. If it does not reset, it must be a older breaker and you will need to run down and pick up another one. Home Depot is a good place to get one for around $20. With it tripped, no voltage will be present. Just take a flat blade screw driver to remove the wire from the breaker. Depending on the type/style, most just hook opposite the screw side. Just grasp the breaker where the terminal screw is and give it a pull straight out to you. When you install new one, just hook the right side under the lip, and push left side in place and reconnect hot and neutral coiled wire. You will be set! Always be safe when working around any high voltage source. Please rate me on my help to you. Thank you!

Jan 27, 2011 | Siemens Seimens Arc Fault Breaker

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Had 1/2 of the outlet on breaker go off over night unable to reset and get ele to about 5 outlets

When circuit breaker trips, all the outlets and devices on it shut off, so I'm not sure what it is that you are unable to reset if only 1/2 of these devices are off. I suspect a GFI outlet has tripped, not the AFCI circuit breaker.

Make sure that there isn't a tripped GFI outlet somewhere. Look at all the outlets for a RESET button that has popped out. These outlets usually have two buttons: TEST and RESET. Press the RESET button firmly in on any outlet found with this button. These devices will only protect downstream outlets, so it is possible for part of the circuit to work and the rest not - due to the tripped GFI. If you can't reset a GFI, simply replace it and carefully replace the wires exactly as the original. Pay attention to the wires at the LINE and LOAD terminals.

An arc fault breaker that will not reset has either failed and will need to be replaced, or has detected a condition in the wiring, outlets and connected devices or appliances that prevents it from being reset.

Disconnect all devices that are plugged into all the affected outlets and attempt to reset. If a reset is possible, turn back to off and plug one device in and reset again. If a reset is possible, turn back off and remove the device plugged in and plug in a different device. Continue in this manner until all the devices have been checked. A device that prevents a reset or causes a trip should be professionally serviced before reintroducing to the circuit.

If unable to reset, there is a problem with the breaker, outlets or the wiring. You should check each outlet and make sure the wire connections are made up tight. A loose connection will be detected by arc fault breakers and trip. If your outlets are connected by wires inserted into holes on the back of the outlet, remove or cut them close to the outlet and connect to the terminals screws instead one at a time to prevent "mixing up which wire goes where".

If it still won't reset, check to see if there are any light fixtures that do not work. You'll probably have to check the connections for those, too.

If none of these steps solves your problem you'll probably have to call an electrician to make repairs to wiring.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply "4 thumbs up" if you found it helpful - thanks.

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Arc fault breaker in Bedroom,trips when I plug in my computer laser printer,the printer works ok in any other outlet in the house except the master bedroom that is protected by a arc fault breaker.

My experience with these breakers is that there could be some minor short in the equipment that cause them to disconnect. I have a filter motor that will not run on my ground fault breaker if it gets wet. There may be no problem with the breaker.

Jan 07, 2011 | General Electric G.E. Arc Fault Breaker

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How do I reset a Eaton breaker with a tester on it?

If the lever is in the middle position, you will need to move it all the way to the off position, (towards the outside of the panel) and then back to the on position (towards the middle of the panel) If it trips again, try to turn all of the light switches of that circuit to the "off" position and try again. the arc fault breakers are designed to sense loose connections in outlets, light switches and lights. by turning the light switches off it will give you a chance to find out which sets of lights may be causing the problem. keep in mind that it could be a total accumulation of the lights (total amp draw) so if it resets and then trips, try turning on the lights in a different order.

May 15, 2010 | Eaton 20A ARC FAULT BREAKER

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How do I reset a Eaton breaker with a tester on it?

This is a GFI (Ground Circuit Interrupter) Breaker. So you need to turn off the circuit breaker first. Then you need to reset the GFI (yellow button) by pressing in the button. And then turning the breaker back on. Now, with some GFI's, you need power on to reset them. So if this is the case, reset the circuit breaker by turning it off and then back on. Then press the yellow button in, and it should hold. Then you should have power restored. I hope this works for you. If not, feel free to contact me again. Good Luck!

Mar 27, 2010 | Eaton 20A ARC FAULT BREAKER

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20 amp breaker pops with only a light (60watts) and a small tv on. samething occurs in another room with an iron and a light on, These items can't possibly be brawing 20 amps. Is there a problem with these...

I have been an electrician for 11 years and when these breakers came out in 2005 what a nightmare. These circuit breakers are extremely sensitive. They are designed to sense loose connections and to protect your house from fires caused by them. By increasing the load (ie. more lights or tv) it increases the size of the "arc" created by the loose connection and the circuit breaker trips before the 20 amp maximum. What I normally find as the cause is a loose connection in one of the receptacles or switches on the circuit. A lot of times, installers will use the "quick stab" inserts on the back of the outlets or switches instead of the side screws. Usually, if you "side screw" all of the receptacles and switches it will resolve the nuisance tripping. One other item that can cause them to trip is too many dimmers on the arc circuit but it doesn't sound like that is the problem you're having.

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My Eaton 20 amp Arc fault breaker tripped during a storm this morning. I tried the usual turn it off and back on deal and its still tripped off. It has a test button, which ive tried in the off and on...

this is going to be a long process, you have a short on the line or the breaker is gone.
you need to unplug all of the appliances that are on that line. (controlled by that breaker).
turn on the breaker. plug in one appliance at a time till the breaker trip again. unplug the last appliance that you have plugged in. that will be the cause of the short.
after all appliance unplugged and still trip the breaker, then you need a new breaker.

May 07, 2009 | Eaton 20A ARC FAULT BREAKER

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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.

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