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Thread: Would an arc fault trip on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptonsparky View Post
    It’s not even an arc. It is current flowing thru a resistance. A dirty water heater.
    Would it even have a waveform?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrooke View Post
    Would it even have a waveform?
    Yes, of some sort.
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    Some vaporizers use an open heating element that uses the water as the actual element. Salt has to be added to the water to make it work, but the salt doesn't evaporate out. That's basically what the keyless is operating as in the video, a steam vaporizer.

    The above design is popular because the unit fails safe with the element open when all the water is boiled away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptonsparky View Post
    Yes, of some sort.
    Just don't tell certain folks, it will give them ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrooke View Post
    Would it even have a waveform?
    If current is flowing why wouldn't it? Obviously didn't have any waveform that the AFCI rejected, or current level was too low and it wasn't supposed to respond in that particular situation.

    Good, bad? IDK.

    We had a steam vaporizer a long time ago that was like already mentioned, simply two electrodes with 120 volt connected to them, and current through the water boiled the water. We never had to add salt, most people probably don't need to enhance conductivity of the water as tap water has minerals in it that raise conductivity of the water. Distilled water in such a thing should not work though.
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    I don't think the guy in the video had arc fault breakers. He only said IF there was an AFCI it would have taken care of it.

    Makes me want to try that. Guess I could "pee" in a keyless and try it!
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