AFCI required in panel upgrade ?

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Posted by: from Oakville
8/8/2019 at 11:27:40 PM

Must I use AFCI breakers when upgrading my 1997 house with 100 amp panel to 200 amp ?

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Date/Time8/9/2019 at 5:41:49 AM

Nope not required unless you add new receptacles

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Peyman from Electra Power Inc. in Thornhill
Date/Time8/9/2019 at 6:31:29 AM

Not required.

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Date/Time8/9/2019 at 7:06:59 AM

If you are not adding any new outlet , but by new electrical regulations law , new circut for outlets need to have AFCI

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Date/Time8/9/2019 at 9:04:57 AM

No ,

It's not required by ESA ,

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Date/Time8/10/2019 at 7:35:50 AM

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

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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