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Old 09-11-2016, 08:43 PM   #1
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Put in 2 GE panels on a recent job, and 3 out of 50 breakers were bad. One was a double pole 30a, and one side was dead. The other 2 were AFCIS, upstairs lighting stopped working one day, figured it was a loose connection somewhere, start taking out all the devices, get zapped real good by a neutral, twice. End up undoing every pigtail and remove every device on that circuit, still power on the neutral where the HR comes in. Figure a drywaller must have pierced a wire or something. Decide to check at the panel, 100v from the breakers neutral terminal to ground. Put in new breaker, fixed the problem. Found another bad one when I bump a breaker and the bedroom lights flash, turn it off then try to turn it back on, breaker trips. Change out the breaker problem fixed. Take a look at the old breaker, neutral pigtails pulls right out.

Is this uncommon or are GE breakers just s***?
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Old 09-11-2016, 09:33 PM   #2

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I have been using ge for 15+ years and have not had many issues at all. I suspect you got a bad batch....I have never had a defective afci
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save those bad breaker and take it back to the place where you did brought the breaker I think you may hit a bad batch .,,

Make sure if the breaker is a genuine item not the counterfit part so look carefull with it.
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I saw that issue 10 years ago. Wound up accumulating over 2 boxes of them. All of them were made in the USA. The ones from Singapore never had an issue.
Murphy's law is a pain in my butt.
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