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Whole electrics in house tripping constantly
Hi. This is a bit of a long one and I don't really know the technical terms, but please bear with me as any suggestions would be really helpful at the moment.
I live in a rented flat and for the last four days the electric is tripping randomly, not just one room or certain appliances, the electric in the whole house goes. None of the little switches above the main fuse are going down and when I switch the main one back on it just trips straight back off again.
I have unplugged every single appliance and tried it but it still takes up to an hour before it will come back on. An electrician was called out by my estate agent who literally turned the fuse back on and said 'well its working now'.
I explained to him that this is what has been happening for days and that it will not solve the problem. I also thought it relevant to mention that it seems to happen every time it rains heavily or there is a continuous downpour.
He completely dismissed what I was saying and said it must be my fridge freezer as the electric has once tripped over night. My fridge freezer is 4 months old but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and switched it off and unplugged it. Low and behold the electric tripped again while it was unplugged.
I am due to have a baby in 5 weeks and have a six year old son at home, I'm worried that if the fuse box fails and doesn't trip the electric we are at a serious fire risk and my estate agents or the electrician they sent do not seem to be taking this problem seriously at all. Somebody please help me.
90% likely that there is damaged or aged wiring somewhere that is getting wet or damp from ingress of moisture when it rains.
The electrician sent by the agent is a bit of a cowboy as he would have needed to strip down the fusebox and test each of the individual electrical circuits to narrow down the faulty one. Once the circuit that's causing the problem is known it can be further tested to find the exact faulty location.
It probably needs about 3 hours to test and identify so contact your Landlord and ask them to hire an NICEIC registered electrician to come and test the wiring to identify the fault.
Answered 12th Sep 2013