What is An AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter)?
AFCI breakers were 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 AFCI breakers have been installed in your panel. And what is an AFCI breaker? They can be identified by markings on the front and a trip test button also located on the front of the AFCI 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 an AFCI breaker works to protect you. They play sequentially.