HOW TO CHECK YOUR SAFETY SWITCH AND TRY TO SORT THE PROBLEM OUT BEFORE YOU NEED TO CALL AN ELECTRICIAN
Safety switches are installed to keep you safe – but sometimes an appliance that is faulty and needs repairing or replacing can cause the safety switch to switch off – here are a few simple step to try to remedy the problem.
1 Open your electrical panel and look for your Safety switch
- See if the safety switch will reset to the “ON” position – if if cant be reset:
- Physically UNPLUG all appliances – turning them off wont work as the earth is still connected you need to UNPLUG all of them– remember the fridge, iron, sullage pumps, water pumps, Toasters, Kettles etc.
- Reset safety switch to the ON position.
- Individually plug in each appliance until the safety switch trips to determine the faulty appliance. It is a good idea to plug in a television or radio first – so if the safety switch swithces “OFF” again – you know which appliance is the culprit!
If the safety switch trips with no appliances connected, the installation cabling may be damaged and you will need to call in a licensed electrical contractor.