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If an AFCI fails to trip off when the test button is pressed, will it fail in an overload situation?

The breaker could be defective or it may not be properly wired. I once found several AFCI breakers in a condo panel that had the the extra white wire clipped.

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If an AFCI fails to trip off when the test button is pressed, will it fail in an overload situation?

No one knows. But it doesn't inspire confidence.

Thanks, Jim, that was eloquent.

I would not write this in any report but can say it here. "when tested, the AFCI breaker failed to inspire confidence in the inspector ." [:)]

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If an AFCI fails to trip off when the test button is pressed, will it fail in an overload situation?

No one knows. But it doesn't inspire confidence.

Thanks, Jim, that was eloquent.

I would not write this in any report but can say it here. "when tested, the AFCI breaker failed to inspire confidence in the inspector ." [:)]

Personally I do not care if the AFCI has any confidence in me. I certainly have no confidence in the AFCI.[:-paperba

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Thanks Nolan. It was a Square D panel in a 2006 condo rehab. There were other AFCI's in the panel that tripped when I tested them. I will alert my clients about the recall. They might be from that bad batch.

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