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Hi,

First post so welcome all and here goes

Over the last month the GE RCD has tripped randomly, the last time when we were asleep in bed and nothing more anoying to wake up late as alarm not gone off and all house sockets dead.

When i try to reset the rcd it will not reset until i turn off all the breakers, then it resets and i turn on the breakers one by one and away we go.

Now if it tripped when i turned the breakers back on i could isolate the circiut thats causing the problem but it does not trip.

So i can only presume its the rcd as its so random, today it tripped when i turned on the tv.

Any Idea's should i replace the rcd 1st and see if it happens again or just get a sparky in.

Thanks
 
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Unless you have and are able to use test gear to identify the problem
You will be peeing against the wind,best go with your own suggestion.the spark
 

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To help the sparkie also try identify when it trips... is it raining (maybe outside light), as you also say its doing it night and day its possible something that turns on intermitently so check if heating is on (faulty valve) and if neither of above fits the last but not least fridge/freezer (compressor fault).
But agree it still can be hard to trace even with test gear, isolation of circuit from rcd temp' and onto rcbo may be needed to narrow the fault down.

Either way i agree with previous post, might cost a callout but probably save on the hours you lose been late for work.
 

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Thanks for info, i have isolated all outside lights and garden pump and it is still tripping so nothing outside, I did have to take a cover off the fridge a month ago to release the fan as it was frozen in ice so wether i trapped a wire i dont know so thats worth a look, is there any possibility it is the rcd as become faulty, its 15 years old now and a GE type.
 
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Pcb - printed circuit board..... are you mixing something up here?

Rcd .. should have a test button on it if it operates when you press it it shows it works physically but you would require testing gear to see if it complies, its rare for rcd's to trip because they are faulty usually they fail to trip if they are faulty, when you say you isolated lights - have you just switched them off? RCD's monitor Neutral as well and this wont be isolated when turning switch or even mcb off, this is why this kind of problem really needs a competent electrician.
 

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Can a neutral fault just occur as we have had no wireing done for at least 5 years and that was on an extension and by approved sparky
 

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May i also add - welcome to the forum, post you location we have many guys and gals on here and one may be local.
 
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Can a neutral fault just occur as we have had no wireing done for at least 5 years and that was on an extension and by approved sparky

Hah every fault I have attended the client has sworn blind no work has been done for years?

Usually forget about the new mirror they just hung into a cable.


Get an electrician to pop round - it will be sorted fairly quickly I'm sure.
 

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Pcb - printed circuit board..... are you mixing something up here?

Rcd .. should have a test button on it if it operates when you press it it shows it works physically but you would require testing gear to see if it complies, its rare for rcd's to trip because they are faulty usually they fail to trip if they are faulty, when you say you isolated lights - have you just switched them off? RCD's monitor Neutral as well and this wont be isolated when turning switch or even mcb off, this is why this kind of problem really needs a competent electrician.

Yes the test button trips the rcd but then it will not reset unless i turn off all the 6 breakers, i have tried to reset it with each one at a time but it will not unless all 6 off, then i turn all six back on and its ok till it trips again. the outside pir lamps are isolated on a switch, would it be better if i pulled out wires from switch to take out the neutral monitor situation.
 

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If there is any electrician on the forum in the leicester area who would like to come and sort out problem i would be happy just to get it sorted but i dont know any myself and dont want a cowboy coming and spending hours at my expence and making things worse hense my questions to help isolate it down so to make it easier for who comes to sort it out
 
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Sounds a little strange that it wont reset unless all load is removed, its resetting may be faulty but im not too sure this is your issue with the tripping... but this is the problem; we are at an impass now and test gear is needed, you can wait and ask all night but you will only get random shots in the dark as to its cause if not educated guesses but still all guesses and really it may confuse more than help...

Il bow out here as i cant see you getting any more help with this problem without an electrician and testing gear but hope i was of some guidence.
 

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