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Cutler Hammer 20 Arc Fault breaker for bedroom outlets will not reset after activating test switch.

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The circuit breaker must be turned to the "off" position first from the middle position, and then to the "on" position. The cutler hammer arc breakers carry a lifetime warranty so if it will not reset you may want to contact the manufacture.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010

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Hi Will,

I am an electrician and can help you with this problem.

The panel should have a label that provides the catalog number of the panel. Many labels also detail all the breaker types that the panel has been tested with by UL, FM or other recognized testing laboratory. It is a violation of the electrical code to install any breaker into a panel that it was not designed to accept - even it it fits or can be "made" to fit. This means if it is not listed as an acceptable breaker, it must not be introduced to the panel.

The BR20 AF and CH20 AF are both "Combination Arc Fault Circuit Breakers". This means either device is capable of interrupting current flow when either: (1) an over-current condition exists, or (2) when an arc fault is detected regardless of load.

The fronts look very different:


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The BR20 AF circuit breaker above.


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The CH20 AF circuit breaker above.

These breakers are NOT interchangeable. The CH series has fully exposed clips to engage the relatively flat (or flush) powered buss bar of the panel, while the BR series has a slot in the body that accepts a thin (blade-like), raised powered buss tab of a completely different style panel.

You should replace the breaker only with a like type, arc fault breaker. A similar looking, ground fault breaker is NOT a replacement for this breaker.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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THere is no electricity in the bedrooms and I can't get them back on?


If the circuit breaker will not reset - all the way off and then back on with a click sound. Then something you have plugged into the outlets in those rooms is probably shorted causing an over current condition. If the circuit breaker won't reset, shut off all lights and then unplug EVERYTHING and then see if it will reset. If it does, then replug everything one at a time until the electricity goes off again, that is the bad apple.But if it won't reset, then your breaker is probably bad. Yes, they do go bad, just infrequently.

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