Must I use AFCI breakers when upgrading my 1997 house with 100 amp panel to 200 amp ?
I agree with the above statements, that it is not required by electrical code unless you are adding additional circuits that require it. Having said that, they are a device that is available for additional safety and it may be worth considering.
Additionally I am now hearing that some insurance companies are providing incentives to homeowners to who install AFCI breakers. The AFCI breakers are expensive; about 10 times the cost of a regular breaker so you would have to do the math to see if it is worth the investment.
John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME
Datawise Solutions Inc
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