Extension leads can often be the root cause of overloaded circuits. While extension leads have multiple sockets available, that doesn’t mean they should be used all at once. Your electric may keep tripping because you do this.
It is very important to stop using an appliance that has a defect after it is identified. If the appliance was new and covered by warranty, you will be able to return it to your local store for a refund.
Older devices may not be covered under warranty. A qualified electrician will inspect them. They will have the expertise, knowledge, tools and skills to safely inspect and repair the damaged device.
We advise against doing electrical repairs by yourself. While most people can repair a blown fuse or socket in a fusebox plug, it is not easy to deal with faulty electricals.
Today, most homes have modern fuse boxes installed with fuse electrical breakers. These are switches that flip down when the electrical current is needed. It’s very simple to re-set them, all you have to do to flip them back to the “on” position.
An older home may still contain a traditional fusebox with sockets. Each fuse socket is made up of a piece wire which can be physically snapped or burned through to shorten a circuit. It’s easy to replace fuse wiring.
You might have a wiring problem in the fuse box if your fuse switches keep on tripping and it keeps happening. As we mentioned, dangerous electrics can cause serious injury. Even with safety measures such as RCD switches, it is not worth risking your safety. Rather than looking into the problem yourself, we recommend getting in touch with a qualified electrician who will know what they’re looking for and be able to fix the problem on your behalf.
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Overloaded circuits or a faulty electrical item usually result in a fuse switch that keeps tripping. Finding the source of the problem is mostly a process of elimination that you can do on your own.
The most common cause of a tripped breaker is a circuit overload.
Most circuit overloads can be repaired easily since they are usually caused by external factors, such as too many appliances being connected to the same circuit.
Try turning off all the lights and unplugging all appliances plugged into the circuit, then resetting the breaker. If it stays on, plug the appliances back in one by one until it trips again, and service or discard the appliance that makes it trip.
You can examine each appliance for overheating while unplugging it.
Short circuits can result in tripping a breaker repeatedly and making it impossible for the breaker to reset itself while no high voltage equipment is using electricity. When a hot wire contacts a neutral wire, a short circuit occurs and can result in a fire if left unattended.
A faulty safety switch can also trigger a trip. Most of the time, however, broken or worn out safety switches will stop going off (which is what they are supposed to do in the first place). Make sure they are working, and if they get stuck or won’t trip, you should replace them.
Common causes when a wall socket stops working include: Failed internal socket connections, which is common in older outlets that no longer snugly hold plugs. A tripped circuit breaker that cuts power to the wall socket. Weak connections in the circuit breaker box.
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