whole House surge protector requires breaker to be top left space? I DOUBT IT!
HERE is the email i got from the company who wants me to install the 2 pole breaker for their whole house surge protector/capacitor, in the top left breaker space. And ONLY the top left breaker space.
Almost always their is big wire up there. Almost always their is a generator breaker their, or you should leave it in case their is a generator installed someday (for the interlock). or at least leave it well enough alone. j
so here is the explanation they gave me as to why they would VOID the warranty on all blown up equipment if the protector was NOT installed in the top left (or it seems to me right also), breaker:
"The reasoning behind the surge protector being installed into the top left breaker is because most breaker panels are wired from the top. In the event of a power surge, the current is going to travel down to each circuit in the panel. If the surge protector is wired into the bottom left breaker, the only circuits protected are the bottom two. Everything above the breaker dedicated to the surge protector would be left vulnerable to a surge. The only instance when this would not apply would be if the breaker panel were wired from the bottom, which, from what I understand, is not common. In that case, the surge protctor would be wired into the bottom breaker. I had to have my supervisor explain this to me. He is the designer of the surge protector, and has a degree in electrical engineering. i also did a little research online. I have been asked this question and wanted to be able to provide a proper answer for you. Again, thank you for installing the surge protectors for me, and I apologize for the issues with the installations."
Im sorry, but i think this is complete BS. I am sure i have seen other surge protectors that did not specify where to put the breaker but i could be wrong on that. But the logic isn't gettin thru to me. IT Iis a giant PITA for me to do these this way, due to AC/Heat pump; sub panel; or elec Furnace wires landed on top breakers, already completely FULL panels full of tandem breakers, and the possibility of an interlock being there.
But also let me point out there is four feet of #12 wire from the breaker to the device. the current would have to travel the four feet to the protector to do any good right? so i can't see what the diff is where in the heck this stupid breaker gets landed, esp in light of this.
Last edited by bullheimer; 10-12-12 at 12:36 PM.
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