Learn about the Importance of Arc Fault Breakers in California HomesTypical household fuses and circuit breakers do not respond to early arcing and sparking conditions in your home wiring. By the time a fuse or circuit breaker opens a circuit to defuse these conditions, a fire may already have begun. Be sure to call us immediately if you’ve ever heard a switch buzzing, hissing, or popping in your home!
2 Ways Arcing May Occur In Your Home:
- Naturally—Arcing occurs naturally when a light switch is turned on or a motor driven appliance is switched on like a home blender, or vacuum cleaner.
- Unsafe Arcing—Loose or corroded connections in your home could make irregular contact. That contact could cause arcing or sparking between those connections, causing heat that can break down the insulation in the wiring and potentially causing a fire.
A new electrical safety device for your home, called an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (or AFCI), was designed to provide enhanced protection to you and your home from fires that may occur from unsafe home wiring conditions. Arc fault breakers trip once the breaker detects an arcing situation. These smart devices can determine when a natural arc has occurred or an unsafe arc has occurred. If you have further questions on arcing or would like to know if your home’s electrical system is up to code, call our professionals at Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co.!