With our specialist test equipment, we can find and
diagnose most types of electrical fault. However, you
may be able to avoid a call out by reading through the
following to make sure that there is actually a fault.
If you discover that a light isn't working, then check
to make sure that all the other lights work. If they
do, then chances are it could be a blown bulb. Be careful
when checking or changing a bulb as they can be quite
hot if they have recently been on. Lampholders can be
quite brittle from the heat and can break quite easily,
therefore we recommend switching off the main switch
at the consumer
unit. Also, keeping a torch near your fuseboard
is a good idea.
If other lights aren't working, then chances are the
breaker may have been operated. Have a look at your
unit or fuseboard.
If you have fuses
then you will need to switch off the main
switch and pull the suspected fuse.
If it's the rewireable type then do make sure
that you replace the wire with the appropriate
size and don't be tempted to put in any other
size if you've run out! The usual size for a lighting
circuit is 5 amps. Consider having the fuses
changed for circuit
breakers - they are much more convenient
to reset. Contact us for a quotation.
breakers then you may notice that the breaker
for lighting is in the 'off' position. Don't be
alarmed - this can sometimes happen when a bulb
blows, as circuit
breakers are very sensitive. Change the bulb
in question, reset the circuit
breaker and everything should be fine. (We
can change your circuit
breaker for one that won't trip when a bulb
If an appliance isn't working, you can find out whether
its socket is working by plugging in a lamp in its place
- if the light comes on, then the fault is with the
appliance or its fuse.
If the socket is off, then have a look at the consumer
unit or fuseboard.
If a fuse,
has tripped, try resetting it - nuisance trips
do occasionally happen.
If the fuse,
in question trips again, or can't be reset, then
try unplugging all your appliances. If this sorts out
the problem, then chances are you have a faulty appliance.
You could try plugging them in one by one to find which
one is causing the problem (cordless kettles are often
the culprit if the base gets wet).
If you have followed this advice and still
have a problem, or if you are in any doubt, then please
give us a call. We may be able to advise you over the
phone, but if not then you can be sure of a prompt and