Electrical faults can cause extensive damage to your appliances, lead to electric shocks and even start a fire in your home. If you are not in the habit of regularly checking over your home for signs of an electrical fault, it is worth making the time. That way, you can catch issues early, and call in expert help.
Electrical fault finding can sometimes be easy if there is an obvious problem such as a faulty appliance plugged into the circuit, which is often the case. Before calling an electrician, you can try the following steps:
Step 1: Find your switchboard and look for any tripped circuit breakers or safety switches, try re-setting. If it resets, great! If not, read on.
Step 2: If the tripping circuit is marked, i.e “ground floor power” Unplug all appliances from that area. If in doubt, unplug everything. Use the same methodology with lights if applicable. Turn off all lights at the switch. Try resetting the circuit breaker or safety switch.
Step 3: If the circuit breaker or safety switch resets now that everything is unplugged or switched off, go round and plug in each appliance or turn on each light one at a time until the circuit trips again. This will highlight the faulty piece of equipment or light. Either bin it or have it repaired.
Step 4: If the above doesn’t work you may have a problem with the wiring or switchboard. In this instance, you should call a licenced electrician to attend and repair.
Step 5: Do not attempt to open any electrical equipment up unless you are a licenced electrician.