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What is the average life expectancy of a GFCI circuit breaker?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
How long does a GFCI breaker last?
A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) circuit breaker can be expected to last 30 to 40 years, with an average of 35 years, which is longer that the 15 to 25 years average life of GFCI receptacles. Here’s a graph comparing the life expectancy of GFCI breakers to other electrical components in a home.
Also see our blog posts Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) really necessary and worth the trouble? and What electrical hazards does a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) NOT protect against? and What is the difference between GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers?
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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about AFCI and GFCI RECEPTACLES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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