3. Nuisance Tripping
In the case of those first two causes, while a hassle or inconvenience, those trips are a good thing – they mean the electrical devices in your home are protecting you and your house from danger by stopping all electrical current when there is risk. However, not all trips are because your equipment is doing its job.
In the case of nuisance tripping, that means a circuit breaker trip has occurred for no reason intended by design. While it’s hard to know at first that this is what is happening, the title of nuisance certainly applies. But one way to handle this is by making sure your home has the right electrical wiring devices for reducing the risk of nuisance tripping.
In kitchens and laundry rooms specifically, homes are required by electrical code to have both ground fault and arc-fault protection. (The former protects against fatal electrocution, the latter against electrical fires.) However, there are different options for how this protection can be in place. One is a dual-function circuit breaker, and one is a combination of an arc-fault circuit interrupter at the breaker and a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet in the room itself. Not only is the latter option more convenient because you can reset trips in the room using the button located on the actual outlet, but it also is the option that helps isolate nuisance tripping as the AFCI is what is much more likely to nuisance trip. If you are remodeling or building a new home, check your state’s requirements before proceeding, and if AFCI protection is necessary, opt for the solution that helps prevent unwanted tripping hassles down the road.
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