New Rules When Replacing Electrical Outlets
The Electrical Powers in Florida have finally adopted the 2014 National Electrical Code. This means there are new requirements on electrical installations.
One of the areas of change is the act fault circuit, not to be confused with the ground fault circuit, which protects from shortages to ground.
By definition, the arc fault is a high power discharge of electricity between two or more conductors. The arc fault circuits protect against fires caused by the electrical arcing of a wire. An example of this could be a spark caused by the line wire touching the neutral wire or a wire of a different phase.
These arc fault devices are more sensitive than the conventional circuit breakers and have been required in new construction and remodeling since 2008.
When the arc faults were first introduced, there were a lot of problems with nuisance tripping, but over the years they have become more reliable.
There are two types of arc fault protective devices. The arc fault circuit breaker and the arc fault receptacle the cost about the same as a ground fault device.
With the adoption of the 2014 code, arc fault devices will need to be used when changing out any residential receptacles. This is in addition to the 2008 code change that required tamper-resistant receptacles to be installed in all dwelling units.
rc faults need to be installed in the living areas of the house. Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, family rooms and the dens or home offices are examples of the rooms that need arc fault protection.
To summarize, if you change any receptacles in a residential property, it will need to be arc fault protected, either at the receptacle or at the circuit breaker. If you want to change all of the receptacles, changing the circuit breaker will be the more cost-effective
Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation, and repair.