I've got a HomeLine 20 amp Arc-fault breaker that intermittently trips on a
circuit that has troffer lights. Is this a common problem?? There are two
3-way switches controlling the lights. When I turn on the lights, the
breaker may trip. I try to reset the breaker, but it will continue to trip
until I shut the light switch off.
Not sure how to fix this, or if I should just replace the arc-fault breaker
with a regular 20 amp breaker. Thanks for your advice.
As cheap as standard breakers are, it makes sense to buy and
substitute one for the AFCI as a quick positive test. Keep in mind
that Homeline is the lower cost Square D equipment. However, the
switch itself could be the problem, and again, substituting a new one
would be advisable. Do the switch first since that is the lowest cost.
If problems persist, then move upstream to the lamps looking for fried
wiring from heat or other needed repairs.
If the lights are on a circuit that doesn't require arc fault protection,
I'd replace the breaker with a standard one. You could have loose
connections, bad switches, bad transformers, etc. It really will require
ironing out the entire lighting circuit
*I agree. The AFCI could be tripping because you have a condition that
causes it to trip like it is suppose to. In that case you should check
everything. However if you changed your circuit breakers from standard
models to AFCI's then perhaps you should change back or put in a newer AFCI.
Brand new circuit. There are 4 lights on the circuit. 2 - 2x4 troffers and
2 2x2 troffers. Turning on the small lights doesn't seem to be causing the
problem. Ill check all wiring, and replace the switches controlling the 2
Thank you for your time answering my question.
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