Should home inspectors recommend upgrading to new AFCIs? No.
- The 1999 National Electric Code required AFCI protection for branch circuits containing bedroom receptacle outlets, with the requirement taking effect on January 1st of 2002. In my words, the NEC definition of an outlet is a place where power is provided to do work. . Since then, AFCI requirements have been expanded many times, to the point where AFCI protection is now needed for “all 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets or devices installed in dwelling unit kitchens, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, laundry areas, and similar rooms. ” The NEC defines an “outlet” as “A point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment”
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