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RCD Tripping – Causes And Solutions

What Is RCD?

RCDs (residual current device) is a device that breaks up an electrical circuit quickly, in order to prevent grave injury during an electric shock. RCD tripping is common issues among many house holds in Watford, Berkhamsted, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and could be challenging to find out what is actually causing it.

RCD Tripping, or What Causes A Circuit Breaker To Trip?

There are three major reasons why a circuit breaker would trip: it could be because of a ground fault, a circuit overload or a short circuit.

What Is The Difference Between A Ground Fault, A Circuit Overload And A Short Circuit?

Ground fault:

Ground fault happens when an active or hot wire (hot wires are typically black and neutral wire usually come in white, while ground wires are usually green) comes in contact with a grounded area of an appliance, the ground wire, or a grounded portion of a junction box. When this contact happens between a ground wire and a hot wire, it causes a large amount of current to pass through the circuit breaker, which causes it to trip

Circuit overload:

Circuit becomes overloaded when an electrical circuit/wire get more amperage than it can handle or was designed for. It could also be caused by corroded or loose wires and connections. When a circuit trips, as a result of an overload, a quick solution is to disconnect the load from the tripped circuit and placing it on a different circuit for electrical power.

Short circuit:

Short circuit occurs when an active or hot electrical wire comes in contact with a neutral wire. This causes a large amount of electrical currents to flow and overrun the circuit. A short circuit my cause some sparks, a broker to trip, make popping sounds, blow up a fuse or cause some smoke. A short circuit can also be caused as a result of damage from cuts by animals chewing on wires, a stripped wire, loose connections or by faulty plugs or cords, electrical switch, fixtures or receptacles

8 Steps To Finding And Solving RCD Tripping

  1. Turn of all the switches next to the RCD
  2. Turn on the RCD – you might need to press down hard on some before they switch back up.
  3. Proceed to turn on each circuit back on, one at a time.
  4. Identify which circuit causes the problem.
  5. Pull out all plugs of the appliances that are connected to the problematic circuit.
  6. Switch on the RCD gain. If it comes on, try plugging in your appliances one at a time., When one trips the RCD, then you have found the culprit.
  7. You can either choose to leave the item off to immediately solve the problem or you can plug it into another sockets (sometimes the fault might be from a wonky socket)
  8. If you have all if you’ve done all this and the problem still persists, then we recommend that you hire a specialist to help you solve the problem.

Remember that fuses and circuit breakers are safety devices put in place for our protection when
electrical malfunctions occur. Even though it may be frustrating when a fuse blows or a circuit
breaker trips, this action actually protects us and our properties. When dealing or troubleshooting
with electrical malfunctions, always take safety precautions very seriously and never repair or
inspect anything that you aren’t sure is safe.

RCD TrippingAs an added guide follow these safety tips:

  • Do not repair equipment or electrical cords unless you are authorised or qualified.
  • Always wear protective gear and exercise caution when working near electricity.
  • Get the help of a qualified electrician to inspect electrical equipment that have gotten wet
    before using it.
  • When working in damp locations, inspects equipment electrical equipment and cords to
    ensure that they are free of defects and are in good condition. Also use a ground fault circuit
    interrupter (G FCI)
  • When you are experiencing issues with your electrical systems, or when your home electrical
    system malfunctions, you should always seek expert assistance.

Never underestimate any electrical issues in your property. It can be potentially harmful and dangerous to try to sort them by non professional.

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