CK Tools :) The professionals choice when it comes to Electrical Tools
This official sponsor may provide discounts for members

Discuss Domestic Help - I’m not an electrician. in the Electrical Forum area at ElectriciansForums.net

Welcome to ElectriciansForums.net - The American Electrical Advice Forum
Head straight to the main forums to chat by click here:  American Electrical Advice Forum

hi I wonder if anyone can help a lady out!

My fuse board RCD started tripping out every couple of minutes last night. I went through and unplugged everything.. switched every plug switch off!

I think I’ve managed to isolate it to the kitchen Ring main. This is the only one when switched on trips the RCD. Only thing is everything is unplugged and all switches are turned off, why is it still tripping when nothing is on? We currently have no heating, fridge freezer way of cooking etc and I have two small children. Is this going to be a very expensive fix?

Thank you for any help advise.
 
SuperlecDirect - ElectriciansForums.net Electrical Suppliers
This official sponsor may provide discounts for members

telectrix

-
Mentor
Arms
Esteemed
first thing is to get an extension lead from a healthy socket circuit to run fridge/freezer.
next ask friends /relatives if they can recommend a local electrician.

as regards to cost, it's impossible to tell. this sort of fault could be found in an hour or it may take most of a day.

a few members are in essex. might be able to help. but you may not get a response till evening as most will be out grafting.

if boiler is on a Fused spur unit rather than a plug, switch that off to eliminate the c/h.
 

Pete999

-
Arms
Esteemed
hi I wonder if anyone can help a lady out!

My fuse board RCD started tripping out every couple of minutes last night. I went through and unplugged everything.. switched every plug switch off!

I think I’ve managed to isolate it to the kitchen Ring main. This is the only one when switched on trips the RCD. Only thing is everything is unplugged and all switches are turned off, why is it still tripping when nothing is on? We currently have no heating, fridge freezer way of cooking etc and I have two small children. Is this going to be a very expensive fix?

Thank you for any help advise.
First thing would be to get an Electrician in to find the fault, to help, have you had any work done recently, new shelving, cabinets etc, or has anyone tried to change socket face plates. A good Electrician should have very little problem identifying the fault, repairing the fault may no be so easy, depending what it is, good luck anyway.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #4
first thing is to get an extension lead from a healthy socket circuit to run fridge/freezer.
next ask friends /relatives if they can recommend a local electrician.

as regards to cost, it's impossible to tell. this sort of fault could be found in an hour or it may take most of a day.

a few members are in essex. might be able to help. but you may not get a response till evening as most will be out grafting.

if boiler is on a Fused spur unit rather than a plug, switch that off to eliminate the c/h.
Okay thank you.

Boiler was newly fitted last year and actually just plugs into a socket?! So again would you recommend using an extension lead?
 

electric al

-
Arms
Advent Win
If it’s narrowed down to the kitchen ring then it shouldn’t be too difficult to find . Is the bathroom above the kitchen ?
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #6
If it’s narrowed down to the kitchen ring then it shouldn’t be too difficult to find . Is the bathroom above the kitchen ?
Yes I do have a bathroom above the kitchen. There has been problems with water previously leaking through...

I did think it could be the kitchen lights but they are on a separate fuse to the kitchen ring.
 

telectrix

-
Mentor
Arms
Esteemed
also check to see if you have any plugs/sockets concealed in cupboards or behind appliances.
 
B

Bobster

Could just be a faulty appliance.

Possibly the fridge or freezer has gone kaput.

If you've unplugged everything and the circuit remains on. Plug items in one by one and see which is the culprit.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #10
Could just be a faulty appliance.

Possibly the fridge or freezer has gone kaput.

If you've unplugged everything and the circuit remains on. Plug items in one by one and see which is the culprit.
Everything unplugged and switched off. Actually switch the ring main back on on the unit and after a minute or so it trips again - without anything being switched on or plugged in.
 

Andy78

-
Mentor
Arms
Esteemed
Additional to the above check for switched fused spur units in the kitchen that could be controlling things such as kitchen extractor hoods, cabinet lights, outside lights.

You mentioned previous leaks from above. I have seen that quite a few times where a slight leak has tracked down the cables into socket outlets.

A local electrician needs to be called to investigate.
 
D

Deleted member 26818

Yes, a cable chased in a wall makes a good route for water to run down.
 
B

Bobster

If you've unplugged everything and it still doesn't reset. Unfortunately you will not have the test equipment necessary to find the fault.

Time to call an electrician in.
 

electric al

-
Arms
Advent Win
Yes I do have a bathroom above the kitchen. There has been problems with water previously leaking through...

I did think it could be the kitchen lights but they are on a separate fuse to the kitchen ring.
It maybe you have water ingress somewhere . Could even be an outside light tapped off the kitchen ring with water in it . I had a situation last week where the cat had urinated down the back of the cooker and the socket behind the cooker used for the ignition took the kitchen ring down . Hope someone can sort it for you and quickly for the kids sake . Let us know when you find out what the problem is
 

telectrix

-
Mentor
Arms
Esteemed
It maybe you have water ingress somewhere . Could even be an outside light tapped off the kitchen ring with water in it . I had a situation last week where the cat had urinated down the back of the cooker and the socket behind the cooker used for the ignition took the kitchen ring down . Hope someone can sort it for you and quickly for the kids sake . Let us know when you find out what the problem is
and i sincerely hope the cat has been consigned to a curry.:mad::mad::mad:.
 
Test Meter - Forum Sponsors since 2007!
This official sponsor may provide discounts for members

Reply to Domestic Help - I’m not an electrician. in the Electrical Forum area at ElectriciansForums.net

Aico Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This official sponsor may provide discounts for members
Top Bottom