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AFCI vs GFCI What’s up with that?

What’s the difference between AFCI vs GFCI? GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) Monitors the amperage between the hot leg and the neutral leg. Any leakage in current (amperage) will cause the GFCI device to shut off (open) the circuit in 20 to 30 milliseconds. These devices are required where water is likely to be present. Exterior outlets, garage, cellar, kitchen counter, bathroom and any wet counter outlets.   AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter)  Monitors the difference between normal arcing standards of devices such as relays and switches and allows these as opposed to undesirable arcing of cut cords or cables.
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