1/6/2018 Tripping guide
Power cut? Don’t panic!
MBE are always happy to attend to any emergencies but a lot of the time we are able to reassure the client and start the basic investigation over the phone.
This is very popular with our clients as power could be restored by the end of the phone call or in this case by following the helpful advice below:
1. Have any of the switches (RCD‘s/RCBO’s/MCB’s) on the consumer unit tripped?
Are they in the down position or in an opposite direction to the others? If none of the switches appear to have tripped we will need to investigate further.
2. If a switch has tripped, can it be reset?
A lot of the time a switch can simply be reset, only to find that a lamp has blown in a light fitting and simply needs replacing.
3. Has a switch tripped but cannot be reset?
If this is the case we recommend turning off all of the switches (MCB’s and RCD‘s)
Now turn on each of the RCD‘s (wider switch) followed by each MCB (narrower switch) until one of the circuits trips. Ideally the consumer unit will be labelled which will identify the faulty area if potential fault finding is required. The faulty switch can be left turned off and the remaining switches can be restored even if this is a temporary basis.
4. Have all electrical accessories been disconnected from the faulty circuit?
If the faulty switch/circuit is supplying the sockets it is now advised that everything is unplugged from the circuit and any switched fused spurs are turned off. (these are switches that look like a light switch but they have a small fuse holder nest to the switch. They often control items like kitchen appliance eg dishwasher etc.
If the faulty circuit is supplying the lighting it is now advised that all light switches are turned off.
With the above completed, will the circuit now reset? If so one by one turn the lights on/plug items back in. If one of these items trips the circuit again it could be a faulty appliance or light fitting that has caused the issues.
*N.B. Do not attempt to carry out any repairs yourself. Always contact a qualified electrician.
28th July 2017 – Coming soon….
…our guide fuse box tripping issues!
27th July 2017 – PAT testing!
This is a just a note about how important it is keep up to date with PAT testing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40595138 Feel free to contact us if you require an electrician in Poole or an electrician in Bournemouth and we will more than happy to provide you with a free estimate.
8th July 2017 – Reducing corporate costs:
Over the last few years at MBE there has been a huge increase in the amount of LED light which we have been installing throughout Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas. The vast majority of all new lighting we are asked to install is now LED and we have also been carrying out a lot of retro fitting of LED lamps into existing non-LED lighting units. It’s not only our residential clients that are seeing the benefits of LED lighting, but our commercial clients are also realising that this is a necessary step to reduce long term business costs while being environmentally responsible at the same time.
We found this very interesting report – the graph showing the UK’s consumption is very worrying!
29th June 2017 – Fire Safety:
In the wake of the recent tragic events in London we would like to remind everyone to check that they have adequate fire and smoke detectors present in their home and workplace.
As well as fitting smoke/heat detectors, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire service are also advising not overloading an electrical installation. https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/safety-at-home/
For any advice feel free to give us a call and our electricians will be happy to help. Alternatively, we offer free estimates for all electrical work across the Poole and Bournemouth locations stretching out to wider areas in Dorset too. Visit us here to arrange a free estimate/consultation.
13th June 2017 – When a dog and cat were left alone! Watch this video (to the end!) from the Electrical Safety First site.
8th June 2017 – ‘Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time’
30th May 2017 – Beko tumble dryer safety notice.