Time to Call the Electrician?

Thursday, 24th June 2021

When it comes to electrical problems in the home, it's easy for homeowners to bury their heads and try to manage the situation.

Steve from Electrical Contractors Direct in Reading will be contributing to a run of posts outlining electrical questions he often gets asked and electrical problems his team come across. 

Tripping (RCD) breaker in your consumer unit? It will most likely mean there is a problem with one of the electrical circuits in the house. Often homeowners will keep lifting the circuit breaker back up or worse, use something to hold the circuit breaker into the on position. This is a terrible mistake and could lead to some deadly consequences. If you have a tripping circuit breaker in your home, it will mean there is a fault on that circuit. The breakers are designed to disengage the flow of electrical current as a safety measure to protect you, your family and your home. By continuing to allow the electricity to flow under fault, conditions could cause serious problems, including electric shock and even fire. Calling out a qualified, competent electrician sooner rather than later to find the problem will often mean a cheaper repair bill than by leaving it. 

What is an RCD? A Residual Current Device is a life-saving device that is designed to stop you, your family and your loved ones from getting an electric shock, stop a fault and avoid potentially dangerous situations. The device is designed to monitor the electric current flowing through one or more circuits that it is being used to protect. Should the flow be unbalanced through either a fault, someone touching a live part, drilling or cutting through a cable, the RCD is designed to cut off the circuit very quickly, reducing the chances of shock, burns, severe injury and even death. 

RCDs are becoming more and more popular as many circuits in your home now have to be RCD protected under the latest Wiring Regulations. Homeowners should test their RCDs by pressing the trip button every six months, and should the RCD not trip when undertaking the test, it is vital you contact a local registered electrician to investigate.