AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter)
AFCI breakers where adopted by the National Electrical code in 1999 in efforts to prevent fires. This breaker trips when it senses low or high current arcs that can be caused by damaged wiring or loose connections which can cause fires. At ARC Electric we highly recommend that if your home was build before the year 2000 to check and see if arc faults have been installed in your panel. They can be identified by markings on the front and a trip test button also located on the front of the breaker. If your home does not have AFCI breakers you should consider having them installed by a licensed electrician to protect your home and family from potential fires.
Below are a few videos further detailing how AFCI’s work to protect you. They play sequentially.