It’s everyone’s worst nightmare and it’s bound to happen to us at one point or another! If you discover the fuse box tripping and there’s nothing plugged in, it only makes it more difficult to find out what is causing the problem. Don’t panic – here at RyGas, we’ve put together an eight-point checklist to help you get to the root of the problem.
The first thing to do is check your electricity provider’s website to ensure there are no local issues or outages. Simply put in your postcode and they should be able to tell you whether there have been any reported problems. If there are, they will usually give you a rough estimate as to when it will be fixed.
If there are no local problems, you can be pretty sure that it’s isolated to your house. The next step is to check for leaks around the house to ensure that water hasn’t been dripping on to electrics. This can cause all sorts of problems and can be dangerous.
No luck with the leaks? It’s time to narrow down what is the cause of the fuse box tripping. Nothing plugged in and not sure what it could be? Have a closer look at the switches on your fuse box to try and see which switch on the RCD (Residual Current Device) has broken the electrical circuit.
If there are no signs as to which particular fuse has tripped, you will, unfortunately, have to unplug everything in the house and plug back in one at a time! This may seem very tedious, but it’s important if you want to get to the root of the problem. We have electricians in Wimbledon 24/7 that are happy to help.
If you find that one particular appliance is causing your fuse box to trip then it’s important to get an expert on that appliance to check it over. Here at RyGas, we have emergency electricians, that are here to help.
If you can’t track the problem to one particular appliance then it may be that your circuits are overloaded and that’s the cause of the fuse box tripping.
Is there any visible damage to any electrical cords? Improper connections can also cause the RCD to trip the circuits! This may be a heavy light fitting that’s been knocked for example.
Finally, remember that you should never attempt to fix anything without the proper knowledge and expertise as interfering with electrical circuits can be highly dangerous. Make sure that you always call out an emergency electrician to help identify and resolve issues.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at RyGas.