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
See more about Home Wiring for Colorado
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.
The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:
House Wiring Circuits and Circuit Breakers
This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.
Home Electrical Circuit Breakers
A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.
GFCI and AFCI Circuit Breakers
Arc Fault Circuit Interruption AFCI provides the extra measure of safety for your family. AFCI’s are installed serving required house wiring circuits protecting areas such as the bedrooms. AFCI protects the bedroom circuit devices against the danger of arcing which can lead to fire.
AFCI Circuit Electrical Codes
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester, [amazon.com], I use for the detection of Standard Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
|« Humidity and Electrical Switches and Wire Splices||Safe Junction Boxes for Light Fixture Wiring »|