AFCI Required?

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Old 11-30-17, 08:00 PM
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AFCI Required?

Are AFCI breakers required in most states now? I was looking thru the latest NEC book at it makes it seem like these breakers are required for most rooms in houses. Seems like such a huge cost increase that most people still use standard breakers.
 
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Old 11-30-17, 08:10 PM
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It depends on what code cycle the area has adopted and if there is an exemption for the use of afci's. The NEC has no enforcement power until adopted.

If the code requires afci protection there is no option to use standard breakers.
 
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HI, if you are in MA. you can't even replace a broken receptacle it must be replaced with an AFCI either a breaker for the whole circuit or a AFCI receptacle,Oh the power of the manufactures!

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Yeah MA is known for over the top regulations. The guy in Boston who made that rule definitely got a kickback.
 
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Not in MA.???????????????????.
 
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Old 12-01-17, 09:39 AM
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Are AFCI breakers required in most states now?


Not all states have jurisdiction just as not all states individually license each and every electrician. Many states still allow individual counties and/or municipalities full jurisdiction over all building concerns, permitting, inspections and licensing. Each jurisdiction has full authority to accept and incorporate code into law with as many additions or deletions as desired.
 
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Here is some high level information by state. It doesn't mention that statewide adoptions can have exceptions/amendments to the code as well as each local "authority having jurisdiction."

NECŪ adoption maps - NFPA
 
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AFCI requirements per location, per code cycle:

2008 - Bedrooms only
2011 - All habitable rooms except kitchens and bathrooms
2014 - All habitable rooms except bathrooms
2017 - All habitable rooms

Local authority can amend NEC.

Any existing location that requires AFCI protection is required to be AFCI protected if:
A device is replaced
A circuit is extended more then 6'
 
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