I had Ed and Sandra from The Gap call me with an earth leakage fault to his power circuits. It was a Sunday evening so we went and checked out the situation.
Arriving there around 7.00 pm, we went straight to the switchboard and reset the safety switch which was clearly marked. Ed had tried it earlier but was not able to reset it as it continually tripped.
Not being able to locate the fault due to it being intermittent, I suggested we could increase the number of safety switches and make it simpler to use as well as making it safer by adding protection to all the lighting and air conditioner circuits.
We used individual safety switches so that instead of losing all the power circuits, it would only trip the affected circuit. That makes it a whole lot less inconvenient, especially on a Sunday afternoon as Murphy always seem to have it.
We finished the job off today (Friday) and Ed rang about 5.00pm to say one of the circuits had tripped and would not reset. I explained that he should unplug all the affected power points and then reset the circuit and plug all the items back in one at a time.
A little time later he rang and said he had found the fountain pump to be the fault so he left it unplugged. He remembered that last Sunday he fixed the little water pond in the morning and restarted the pump on a timer. I then congratulated him on his ability to find the fault rather easily due to the new simpler switchboard setup.
Here is a before and after photo of the switchboard and remember that if you need a 24/7 emergency service for your home, call Chris or Mason from Barry’s Electrical of North Brisbane on 0418739860 and let us keep the power on at your home.