Factors To Consider When Choosing Manufactured Home Circuit Breakers
A circuit breaker is generally a switch that automatically interrupts any electrical flow in a circuit in case of a short or overload. It is worth noting that manufactured homes built since the mid 60’s do use circuit breakers to monitor the amount and strength of electricity coming into the home. by simply sensing and then responding to present conditions where there is an over-current (normal load current is exceeded), they do help in protecting your manufactured home and entire family from fire or electric shock.
There are several factors one has to take into consideration when choosing an appropriate circuit breaker. First and foremost, it is important to consider the type of circuit breaker you are looking for. There are basically three types, the standard type, the AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) and the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). GFCI protection is usually not recommended for appliances which have to run all the time such as refrigerators whereas AFCI can easily be used in such a situation.
It is also important to check on the load capacity of the circuit breaker before making a purchase. you should ascertain this by determining the amp size of the circuit breaker based on the total circuit load. Always keep in mind that safety rating for all circuit breakers is 80 % of the overall maximum load, this does imply that you can only operate a 16 amps breaker on a 20 amp breaker and a 12 amp breaker on a 15 amp beaker.
It is also important to take into consideration the compatibility of the circuit breaker with your already installed electrical system. always make a point of installing the correct brand of circuit breakers in your panel. It is important to note that replacing one circuit breaker brand with another can be dangerous and void your panel or breaker warranty, this can even make your home fail an electrical installation.
Finally, it is also important to have a certified electrician fit the circuit breaker, unless you are very sure of what you are doing, this is not a trial and error do-it –yourself project because any fault can be quite costly. Here are some examples of readily available manufactured home circuit breakers, they include but are not limited to the following:
1) Product Name: Siemens Quad Circuit Breaker
Product Price: $ 21.99
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Product Details: this Quad Circuit breaker can fit in a variety of load centers such as Arrow Hart, Challenger, General Switch, Cutler Hammer, Westinghouse etc. It is a 120/240 V circuit breaker with long life and is mainly used in AC 60HZ single pole 240V or even two, three or four poles. It does handle up 415V circuit for short and overload circuit protection.
2) Product Name: Siemens Single Pole Twin Circuit Breaker
Product Price: $ 11.99
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Product Details: this circuit breaker occupies one slot on the breaker panel and is by far one of the most common breakers in the market. this tandem or twin single pole breaker is usually one (1) inch wide and does have two switches and does control two circuits. Further to the above, it does protect one energized wire and supplies 120V to each circuit. Readily available in 15 or 20 amps.
3) Product Name: 4 Outlet Circuit Breaker Power Box
Product Price: $ 14.24
Product URL: http://is.gd/W6OoY4
Product Details: this circuit breaker does feature a lighted switch that indicates to the user whether power is off or on. Additionally, there is a built in circuit breaker protection which consists of an 8 ft, heavy duty fourteen (14) gauge and 3 (three) wire grounded power cord which has a total of four (4) covered outlets. Fitted with a short and overload circuit breaker protection, it does allow users to add more outlets as needed or required.
4) Product Name: Siemens 200 Amp 4 Space 8 Circuit Outdoor Mobile Home Main Breaker
Product Price: $ 136.00
Product URL: http://is.gd/HUaTQ5
Product Details: this main breaker is ideal for serving mobile homes which are located on private lots and does provide users with some additional breaker positions which does allow for the connection of a wide range of external circuits such as pumps and lights. Its hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel enclosure does provide lots of corrosion resistance. Further to this, it does have a copper buss which ensures excellent conductivity. The electrostatic polyester paint powder coating does also enhance corrosion protection and does also assist in providing the circuit breaker a finish that’s devoid of runs and dips. It is also worth mentioning that the circuit breaker is easily convertible from the main breaker to main lug and vice versa. This is a single phase 200-Amp with 240 Volt power maximum and the side hinged door can easily be removed.
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