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Hello, Can an ungrounded outlet be made safe with an AFCI

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Hello, Can an ungrounded outlet be made safe with an AFCI circuit? Thank you, Greg

Sparky :

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Sparky :

Could you please tell me by what you mean made safe? Why is it not safe now?

Sparky :

I'm sorry I misread your question

Sparky :

What you can do is put it on a GFCI, or a AFCI and put a sticker on it that clearly stated no equipment ground. Depending on the location of the outlet.

Customer:

I know it is usually acceptable to install a GFCI outlet at an old style 2 prong outlet but was curious whether an AFCI breaker in a panel protects equipment as well.

Sparky :

It would be fine as a AFCI is more sensitive. It is actually code, if a outlet is changed it is required to be on a AFCI breaker.

Sparky :

Depending on the location. Almost all outlets nw have to be on a GFCI or a AFCI.

Sparky :

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Customer:

Will an AFCI circuit on an old 2 cable branch conductor protect equipment? What protection is different from a GFCI circuit? Greg

Sparky :

It's going to be the same since there is no equipment ground. The only difference is the arc fault actually detects arcing. So if there is a loose connection, sometimes a gfci is not going to detect it.

Sparky :

If you have sensitive equipment, I would recommend having a new circuit ran for your equipment. Some equipment is more sensitive than others.

Customer:

Have you received my follow up questions?

Sparky :

No.

Sparky :

Would you like for me to give you a link that explains the difference between afci, and a gfci?

Customer:

Hello!

Sparky :

Neither is going to protect your equipment. A gfci protects against shock, and a afci protects against fire.

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