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20 Amp 6.5 in. Whole House Surge Protected-Circuit Breaker

$85.00 /each
  • Provides surge protection for all branch circuits
  • Contains two 1 Pole 120-Volt Circuit Breakers
  • 10 kA Interrupting Rating

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This Siemens 20 Amp Surge Protected Circuit Breaker will trip when surge protection is lost to provide safe use. This circuit breaker offers a dual single-pole design and 2 LED indicator lights. By installing a Siemens Circuit Breaker and Surge Protection Device in the load center of the residence, surge protection is provided for all branch circuits.

  • Notifies of loss of surge protection by tripping
  • Comprised of a highly-effective TVSS integrated with 2 single-pole 20 Amp circuit breakers
  • 2 green LED indicator lights show when surge protection is provided
  • 150 VAC, 40 mm metal oxide varistors
  • Circuit breaker and SPD utilize Siemens-built 150-Volt AC, 40 mm, metal oxide varistors (MOV's)
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Will this fit a GE Panel?

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February 10, 2016
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No, the breaker will not fit a GE panel.
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February 8, 2016
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Hi Gunner,
It is not recommended that you mix and match circuit breakers with other manufacturers panels. By using a Siemens circuit breaker in another manufacturers panel you are voiding all warranties.
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How do I install this breaker. ? Thanks

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Call a licensed electrician
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November 9, 2015
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Hi Ady,
Working in your electrical box can be dangerous if you do not have training. I would recommend that you consult a professional electrician or go talk to one of the associates in your local Home Depot to get assistance installing this Surge protection circuit breaker.
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Will this protect against a nuclear EMP?

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Does your system protect the incoming electrical lines and my solar power system from being taken down by an exoatmospheric nuclear burst? How fast is the circuit in this surge protector?
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January 11, 2016
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George, I found a datasheet here: http://w3.usa.siemens.com/powerdistribution/us/en/speedfax-product-catalog/Documents/sf-11-sect-01-044-046.pdf
It says response time is <1 nanosecond, fast enough. Also says it uses MOV's, which have no particular breakdown delay mechanisms. Wiring inductance can be the main delay, so one tries to position the protector before all other loads, to be the first thing
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George, I found a datasheet here: http://w3.usa.siemens.com/powerdistribution/us/en/speedfax-product-catalog/Documents/sf-11-sect-01-044-046.pdf
It says response time is <1 nanosecond, fast enough. Also says it uses MOV's, which have no particular breakdown delay mechanisms. Wiring inductance can be the main delay, so one tries to position the protector before all other loads, to be the first thing encountered by the wave coming in on the lines. Also illustrated in that datasheet.
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January 10, 2016
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Not completely. EMP is a voltage surge thruout the air, almost a radio-wave giant burp. A big part of it lands on power lines, and that part will be somewhat absorbed by this kind of protector. But the other part of the wave, that is still in the air, can sail into your house thru wood&rock walls, and attack all your electronic pieces where they sit. That takes work at every piece, or maybe metal in your Read More
Not completely. EMP is a voltage surge thruout the air, almost a radio-wave giant burp. A big part of it lands on power lines, and that part will be somewhat absorbed by this kind of protector. But the other part of the wave, that is still in the air, can sail into your house thru wood&rock walls, and attack all your electronic pieces where they sit. That takes work at every piece, or maybe metal in your walls, to defend against. Read Less
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Can it just be used as a surge protector for now?

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Without hooking up any circuits to it in the panel.
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Yes it can. There are 2 lights on the breaker to tell you that it is working and if not, the circuit breakers will trip. There are two reasons there are breakers on the surge protector. 1: In case you don't have any more room in your panel. 2: To notify you something is wrong with the surge protector. It is recommended that you use two breakers that are hooked up to something you use quite often so when Read More
Yes it can. There are 2 lights on the breaker to tell you that it is working and if not, the circuit breakers will trip. There are two reasons there are breakers on the surge protector. 1: In case you don't have any more room in your panel. 2: To notify you something is wrong with the surge protector. It is recommended that you use two breakers that are hooked up to something you use quite often so when the surge protector is not working, those breakers will trip. The breakers will still trip if not used but with the door closed on the panel, you can't see the lights. I have mine hooked up to the kitchen receptacles. The wife will let me know something is wrong before the lights would! Read Less
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It will work as a surge protector now and permanently, as long as you wire it directly into the panel successfully.
This hooks into the panel as is, no other circuits wire into it.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EASY INSTALL This Breaker was picked because it was a direct fit to my Siemens Breaker Panel. Easy to install and it takes up twp normal circuit breaker slots. Highly recommended if you have a Siemens Panel. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent product I Received the product in fine time. While I was able to install it myself, I would recommend hiring an electrician. I had to move most of the breakers on one side of my panel to put the surge protector in the correct position. I am assuming that it will work as advertised. July 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Product--Easy Installation--Good Protection For once in my life, I "lucked out" and actually possessed the "right" thing in the form of having the "correct" service box in which I could use this particular product. Normally, things seldom go that way. In this case, Siemens has created an easy-to-install INTERNAL Surge Protection Device--which, as most folks know, one cannot simply install just any old circuit breaker type component into just any service box. The manufacturers, generally, have to match--and such was the case for me. Home was built in 1995, and the electrician installed a Siemens 200-amp service box. One day recently, I went browsing on the Internet for a "whole house surge protector" when I stumbled upon this particular device. Sounded exactly like what I was looking for--and seemed easier to install than that of the other types that mount externally. While total power absorption (of this internal device) is less than that of most externally-mounted devices, ease of installation and "value" won out in my decision to choose this particular device. Therefore, I checked the make/model of my box (just to be sure mine was built by the same manufacturer), and lo and behold, it was. Bought this circuit breaker via Internet, and had it a few days later. I had actually never removed a circuit breaker before, but a few searches on the Internet yielded some good "how-to's". Further, I had several adjacent 20-amp breakers to choose from, so I isolated those circuits (and removed the panel cover) and removed the old breakers using what I had learned from the Internet--while also employing (reasonable) safety precautions. I did not secure power to the entire service panel, and even if I had done so, I knew certain bus components would still be energized even if I had secured power to the whole box. I used my Fluke to test areas--both before isolating my two circuits as well as adjacent areas I suspected would remain hot--so I knew where my "boundaries" were. I must say, it was incredibly easy to remove and install circuit breakers once you understand the physical mechanics involved. The Siemens 20-amp Surge Protected Circuit Breaker installed perfectly in the space vacated by the 2 20-amp breakers I removed. I connected my circuit's hot leads to the new breakers, and installed the neutral pigtail (integral to the new protector) to an available termination point on the neutral bus bar (cutting the wire first to keep the length minimal per directions that came with the protector. The directions were simple, adequate, and easy-to-follow, and the device fit perfectly in my service box. Switched on the circuits, and saw the green LEDs illuminate--thereby signifying protection was active. Removing the panel cover, removing the old breakers, installing the new surge protector, and wires, as well as re-installing the panel cover took less than 15 minutes. This was one of the easiest and most effective (I hope) "upgrades" I've ever done. To be honest, I won't really know how effective this device is unless it gets put to the proverbial test, but not having anything in place previously, at least, this gives me some piece of mind that some protection now exists. Thanks for making such an easy to use product. April 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to install, protection rating could be better If you have ever replaced or added a breaker, then this is a no-brainier. If you haven't, just YouTube it and keep focus while you're working in your breaker box. This is easier to install than the units that need to be attached on the outside of the box and is so much easier to wire since it's one wire. The instructions for another unit I was considering (brand "L") were written for a master electrician and that helped me make up my mind to purchase the Siemens. Cons for this unit would be price (twice as much as other units) and the joules rating is 3 to 4 times lower than other units. I still have surge protecters on all my electronics and the Siemens just adds another layer of protection. October 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very nice if you don't want one hanging outside the panel. Perfect solution to having a recessed panel in a finished room. I will have to admit that I am an electrician, but it was an easy install. If you are not confident on what you are doing, please turn off the main breaker. Remove two 20 amp single breakers, snap in the surge protector, replace the wires from the old breakers and turn on. September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice piece, easy install, best price was HD. This was the only home improvement project I can remember the took the time I estimated - about 10 minutes - start to finish. It could have taken less, but I had to relocate a breaker from one side of the panel to the other, in order to fit this. It should be noted that this is intended to be installed at the service entrance, where the ground and neutral are combined, not at a sub-panel. It is also best to plan on installing it on whatever side of the box the G/N buss is on, as the current dump wire to G/N should be as short and straight as possible. Will it work? Will it help? Who knows! But since my house is on a ridge at about 7,000 feet in the Rockies, where thunderstorms are usually experienced from the inside-out, it sure can't hurt. We'll see. But for the low cost and easy installation (if you have the box space) it's a must-buy. May 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Simple Install I had a customer who needed a supplemental SPD on a Siemens sub-panel. This product is perfect. Installs quickly (I'm a pro). HD had the best cost on this product (online or local). My only complaint about this product is that it does not have N-G protection. I would gladly pay more for this device with the added protection. Saves on labor cost, no additional wall mounting required. June 25, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DOA The unit was defective. I tried it in two different electrical panels and only one of the protection lights would light so I have decided that it was DOA and will be returning it to my local store. It may still be working but since both lights are supposed to be one indicating protection, I can not trust it with only one showing on. January 19, 2014
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