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Thread: Breaker Won't Trip, Is It Bad?

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    DIY Senior Member Briandl's Avatar
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    Feb 2008


    Thanks for the heads-up, I just didn't understand exactly how breakers work, but now I do.

    Does anyone know if arc fault breakers will work with ceiling fans? I was reading that they don't work with electric motors such as treadmills, or dishwashers.

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    New England


    Many motors have brushes in them, and those will cause some arcs. I think they'd be problematic on an arc-fault breaker.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

  3. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by TedL View Post
    Standard circuit brakers will not trip simply due to an arc. That's why there are the relatively new Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, which do trip in that circumstance.

    You want to make sure that you do not have Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breakers and panel. A high % do not trip when they should; they also have other well documented problems. Serious stuff. Please take the 60 seconds to look at the panel.

    Sometimes known as "Federal no blows"
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