Nobody likes to be left in the dark, so here are some simple checks you can do yourself before calling upon the services of an electrician.
The most common problems I encounter during an emergency call-out fall into four categories, so let’s take a look at each one in turn…
If your lights go out and you find that one of the fuses (also known as breakers) has tripped, reset it and you will usually find that a bulb has blown. Changing the bulb will solve the problem – only call an electrician if there is an issue with resetting the breaker. Basically, when the bulb blew it caused a surge on the lighting circuit, tripping the breaker. This is a safety mechanism, not a fault.
Breakers should be marked so you know what parts of the building are affected if one trips or blows. If they are not marked, the following list should help you identify each breaker:
Modern consumer units, or fuseboxes, have one or two residual current devices (RCDs) which monitor the electrical current going out on the live circuit and returning on the neutral. Any difference goes to earth, potentially through a person. As 50 milliamps (mA) can be lethal, the RCD is set to trip before 30mA.
Here is a guide to dealing with an RCDs:
If you have an electrical problem you cannot solve yourself, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01279 210764 / 07955 232006. Remember, I’m the electrician who always keeps his appointments.
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