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RCD Switch Keeps Tripping

If you find your RCD switch keeps tripping, you’re not alone, this is a very common occurrence in homes. This usually happens due to current leakage on in faulty appliances and wiring. RCD’s are designed to detect irregularities in electrical  systems, even the smallest leakage can cause them to trip.

Other reasons your RCD switch keeps tripping are moisture intrusion, deterioration or damage to the RCD or external factor like power surges.

Circuit Breaker Constantly Tripping

Circuit breakers and RCDs (Residual Current Devices) serve different but complementary purposes in electrical installations. Circuit breakers are designed to protect electrical circuits from overloads and short circuits.

Overload, earth faults and short circuits can trigger the breaker off position. If you find your circuit breaker is constantly tripping, get in contact with us, this may be a sign of an underlying issue.

What Are Tripping Circuits?

Tripping circuits occur when electrical circuits automatically shut off due to overload, short circuits, or other faults. This is a safety feature designed to protect you and your home.

This safety mechanism is found in your consumer unit, also referred to as a fuse box or fuse board. These terms are often used to refer to the same systems.

There are many reasons your built in safety mechanisms might trigger a breaker off position or tripped RCD. If your power keeps tripping, this can be a sign of an electrical problem. Contact our electrical fault finding team immediately to ensure the safety of your home.

Common Causes Of Tripping Circuits

Sometimes, your circuits can trip for no apparent reason. If your power keeps tripping, there’s cause for concern. Here are come common causes:
  • System Overload
  • Short Circuits
  • Earth Faults
  • Faulty Appliances
  • Water Damage
  • Loose Connections
  • Lightning Strike
  • Damaged Wiring

Signs of Overload

If your power keeps tripping, this can be a sign of system overload. Fortunately, overload leaves signs, here’s what to look out for.
  • Flickering Lights
  • Warm Power Outlets
  • Burning Smells
  • Buzzing or Crackling
  • Tripped Extension Cords
  • Appliance Malfunction

Circuit Tripping - What to do when it happens

While tripping circuits can be a sing of electrical fault, isolated incidents don’t pose too much concern. If your power keeps tripping, call out team today to diagnose the problem.

Preventative measures

If you’re regularly experiencing problems with your circuits, this could be a sign you need a fuse box replacement. Upgrading your electrical systems will bring you a whole host of enhanced safety and efficiency features.

Our electricians give you honest advice as to whether you need an upgrade. If not, regular maintenance, proper electrical load distribution and surge protectors are some of the ways you can help prevent your circuits from tripping.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s wise to call Cardiff Electrical Group emergency services to ensure your home remains safe.
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