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A Handy Guide to Electrical Troubleshooting

As we rely so heavily on electricity, loss of electrics is undoubtedly one of the most annoying things these days. No matter how annoying it can be, everybody finds themselves in this situation at times.

Apart from a few exceptions, the majority of people tend to call emergency electricians when they have a loss of power.  This can be either a complete or partial power loss.

The aim of this article is to give you a basic but essential step-by-step guidance on what to do in an event when a fuse or an RCD (Residual Current Device) in your consumer unit keeps tripping or you have a total loss of power.

Fuse Board Components Explained in the Every-day Terms

Getting confused between fuses, circuit breakers, fuse boards and consumer units? Don’t get confused – we’ve put together this handy guide to help you master the fuse board lingo in every-day-terms and talk us through your issues with ease!

There are some images to further assist you in visually identifying the fuse board or consumer unit components. Who knows! You may even come across an image of a fuse board or a consumer unit typical to the one that you have in your home.

Fuse Board or Customer Consumer Unit (CCU)

Fuse Board or Customer Consumer Unit (CCU) is a major piece of electrical equipment that controls and distributes electricity across every home.

Common Causes of a Total Loss of Electricity Supply

Total loss of power is rare. However, believe me, I have attended many callouts to address complete black-out situations.

Total loss of power can be caused by both external and internal electrical faults.

It is beneficial to understand the fuse board or consumer unit components when dealing with any electrical problems. To read more about fuse board or consumer unit components, read Every-day-terms for the components of a fuse board

Possible causes of a total power outage:

  1. If you have an RCD (residual current device) as the main switch, it may have tripped.