How can you protect your home from faulty wiring?
Did you know? You can actually protect your electronics from catching fire?
There is! And it’s known as an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI). Thing is, unless your an electrician, you have no idea what an AFCI is.
An AFCI is a type of breaker designed to detect arc faults in your home’s wiring. This product trips the breaker before an arcing fault can cause a fire. Over 40,000 fires, annually, are attributed to home electrical wiring going faulty. An AFCI can save you from being one of those 40,000 fires.
How to tell if you have AFCI breakers:
Open up the electrical panels and look for a “test” button.
Now, look for a label to find out what kind of breaker it is. There are two kinds of AFCI breakers you need to look for: Branch Feeder (or BRAF) and Combination Type.
The difference between these two breakers is that Combination Breakers are newer.
If your panels have the older BRAF type breakers. It’s strongly recommended to replace these breakers with newer combination type AFCI breakers.
What happens if you don’t have AFCI breakers?
At present, there is no way to install AFCI breakers to be installed into very old homes without rewiring and installing new panels into the house.
If your not looking to sell your current home, then the upgrade is solely up to your judgement as a homeowner.
Although do keep in mind, that this upgrade could spell the difference between a home fire and having to replace almost everything in your home, and spending the money to update your home to modern wiring.
AFCI breakers are truly a safety improvement for your home.
If you would like to have an electrician check your home and you don’t know who to call, we recommend calling the following vetted company:
Company Name: Rabbit Electric
Contact Name: Ron Szucs
Phone Number: 405-249-5755