What Type Of Surge Protected House Circuit Breaker ?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Robert11, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. Robert11

    Robert11 Guest

    Hello:

    Will probably be replacing a standard house circuit breaker with a surge
    protectot circuit breaker to provide protection for a furnace board that
    seems to be pretty succeptible to lightning strikes (please see my previous
    post). The furnace runs off a dedicated 15 amp line, protected by its own
    breaker in the main house panel.

    Apparently they come in two flavors.

    One being the standard "surge protector," and the other type a "transient
    voltage surge protector".

    They both seem to be available incorporated into 15 amp circuit breakers
    that fit in the main house panel box.

    Which do I probably want ?

    Why ? What are the differences re protection, etc. ?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Robert11, Aug 3, 2005
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  2. Robert11

    ehsjr Guest

    Robert11 wrote:
    > Hello:
    >
    > Will probably be replacing a standard house circuit breaker with a surge
    > protectot circuit breaker to provide protection for a furnace board that
    > seems to be pretty succeptible to lightning strikes (please see my previous
    > post). The furnace runs off a dedicated 15 amp line, protected by its own
    > breaker in the main house panel.
    >
    > Apparently they come in two flavors.
    >
    > One being the standard "surge protector," and the other type a "transient
    > voltage surge protector".
    >
    > They both seem to be available incorporated into 15 amp circuit breakers
    > that fit in the main house panel box.
    >
    > Which do I probably want ?
    >
    > Why ? What are the differences re protection, etc. ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bob
    >
    >


    Use a whole house protector instead. It goes in the panel
    like a dual circuit breaker, and protects both both hot
    legs. You also want a *good* grounding electrode system.
    And bond your ductwork.

    As to differences between devices, you'll need to read
    the specs for each device you consider.

    Ed
     
    ehsjr, Aug 4, 2005
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  3. Robert11

    SQLit Guest

    "Robert11" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello:
    >
    > Will probably be replacing a standard house circuit breaker with a surge
    > protectot circuit breaker to provide protection for a furnace board that
    > seems to be pretty succeptible to lightning strikes (please see my

    previous
    > post). The furnace runs off a dedicated 15 amp line, protected by its own
    > breaker in the main house panel.
    >
    > Apparently they come in two flavors.
    >
    > One being the standard "surge protector," and the other type a "transient
    > voltage surge protector".
    >
    > They both seem to be available incorporated into 15 amp circuit breakers
    > that fit in the main house panel box.
    >
    > Which do I probably want ?
    >
    > Why ? What are the differences re protection, etc. ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bob


    I have never seen a panel surge arrestor in a 15 amp breaker.

    http://www.mikeholt.com/onlinetraining/newsletter/uvs2.php?id=1088534718
    A lot of folks inter change the two words frequently

    http://www.geindustrial.com/cwc/products?pnlid=3&famid=37&catid=86&id=surgepro&typeId=0&lang=en_US

    This page has the "breaker" type of protector that I installed. All panel
    manufactures make them now days.

    Panel installed with out wires are better cause the distance from the TVSS
    to the buss is shorter.
    No bigger wire has little effect on transients.

    I also have plug strips TVSS that are at the point of use.

    You will have to asses your risk and get what you need. Do not forget to
    protect the cable, Sat and Telco wiring.
    Odds are nothing you install will help on a direct/near strike.

    I drive an auxiliary ground rod 10 feet way from the primary ground rod. I
    try to get the lowest ohm path that I can.
     
    SQLit, Aug 9, 2005
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  4. Robert11

    w_tom Guest

    SQLit wrote:
    > I have never seen a panel surge arrestor in a 15 amp breaker.


    Siemens QSA1515.
     
    w_tom, Aug 10, 2005
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  5. Robert11

    SQLit Guest

    "w_tom" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > SQLit wrote:
    > > I have never seen a panel surge arrestor in a 15 amp breaker.

    >
    > Siemens QSA1515.


    I will be a blue nosed gopher.

    Thanks, for the lead.

    I will stick to the dedicated products instead of combos like this.
     
    SQLit, Aug 11, 2005
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