Electrical Services Sydney Hills District

What to do when you experience a power outage on your power / light circuits

13 Jul

What to do when you experience a power outage on your power / light circuits

The tripping of your Residual Current Devices (RCD) or Circuit Breakers may have been caused by a faulting appliance, overloading of circuits whereby to many appliances are drawing too much power or there is a fault from the power provider.

Keep notes of the appliances being used at the time as this may help your electrician if further investigation is needed. Items plugged into power boards with“surge protectors”may have tripped the surge protector on a power board.

STEP 1

Check that your home is the only one affected. It may be a power supply fault in your area.

STEP 2

Go to the meter box and reset the RCD or Circuit Breaker.

Should the rcd reset,with the switch remaining in the upright “ON” position, your power has been restored.

SHOULD THE RCD OR CIRCUIT BREAKER NOT RESET

Switch off and unplug all appliances. Including any outdoor appliances such as pond, pool pumps, outdoor lighting, reticulation control systems and the like.

  • Reset the RCD and the circuit breaker, the switch in the upright “ON”
  • If the RCD WON’T RESET, it may indicate a fault in the circuitry of the existing wiring and will require investigation by a licensed electrician.

SHOULD THE RCD OR CIRCUIT BREAKER RESET

  • Plug in and switch on one appliance at a time until one appliance trips the RCD, remove this faulty appliance and have this appliance investigated by a licensed electrician.

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