I know that current code requires GFCI protection on the 2 required 20A circuits running along the countertops in the kitchen. but,what about AFCI breakers? should EVERY circuit in my kitchen remodel have such protection? like the fridge which will have it's own 20A circuit,it won't have any GFCI but should it have an AFCI breaker back at my subpanel?
According to the 2014 NEC those circuits must be AFCI protected. Now for the disclaimers. It is possible that they can be protected by regular breakers depending if your state has approved the 2014 code or not. If they have not you wire under the 2011 NEC code and regular breakers can be installed. But the final say lies with your local inspector and what code cycle he or she adheres to. So its best to apply for proper permits and your code person can supply the answer.
Locally we are governed by the 2014 code and pricing for material has increased by about $35-55 per circuit because of the breaker cost. Not a lot of happy homeowners to say the least.
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