Electrical Wiring for a Sun Room
I am adding a sunroom and need to add one 15 amp electrical circuit. My existing panel has room for a mini 15 amp breaker. Do I need an AFCI breaker for this sunroom?
Electrical Circuit Protection for a Sun Room
Question: I am adding a sun room and need to add one 15 amp electrical circuit. My existing panel has room for a mini 15 amp breaker. Do I need an AFCI breaker for this sunroom? If so I will need to change the panel out. If I change the panel, will I need to upgrade the entire house to AFCI breakers.
This electrical question came from: Frank, from Weston, Colorado
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Thanks for your electrical question Frank
AFCI Circuit Protection for a Sun Room
Frank, yes – according to the NEC Code the sun room is required to be on a AFCI circuit.
NEC 210.12(A) In sun rooms, all 120 volt 15 and 20 amp branch circuits supplying outlets in the sun room area shall be protected by a listed AFCI arc-fault circuit interrupter, combination-type, installed to provide protection of the branch circuit.
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