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What Type Of Surge Protected House Circuit Breaker ?

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

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  1. Robert11

    Robert11 Guest


    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. ?

  2. ehsjr

    ehsjr Guest

    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.

  3. SQLit

    SQLit Guest

    I have never seen a panel surge arrestor in a 15 amp breaker.
    A lot of folks inter change the two words frequently

    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.
  4. w_tom

    w_tom Guest

    Siemens QSA1515.
  5. SQLit

    SQLit Guest

    I will be a blue nosed gopher.

    Thanks, for the lead.

    I will stick to the dedicated products instead of combos like this.
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