Arc-Fault Breakers

What is an Arc-Fault?

Arching occurs in two ways:

1) Naturally: An arch naturally occurs when a light switch is turned on or a motor driven appliance is switched on (ie. a vacuum cleaner)

2) Unsafe occurrences: A loose or corroded connection can make intermittent contact and can cause sparking or arching between those connections. This will cause extreme heating which can break down the insulation in the wiring and in turn cause an electrical fire.

What is an example of an arc-fault:

There are often occurrences when in older homes the wring was fastened or stapled too tightly inside the walls. Over a period of time, the electricity flowing through the wiring can begin to arc with the metal staple. This arching can potentially cause extreme levels of heat and potentially cause an electrical fire.

What is an Arc-fault breaker?

Arc-fault breakers trip once an arching situation is detected by the breaker. This smart devise can determine when a natural arch is occurring and when an unsafe arc is occurring. To learn more about arc-fault breakers call Amtec Electric today!

Remember, electrical wiring is not a hobby! Many of the serious problems we see are code violations in wiring installed by a "do-it-yourself-er" or homeowner with some advice from "the guy at the hardware store." These problems often come to light when a property is being sold and a real estate inspector requires expensive repairs. They can also be a fire, safety, or electrocution hazard.

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