Do you find yourself in a situation, you know very well you have enough power credits, but your electricity has just gone out and no one knows the reason why? You’re not the first to experience this as it happens to a ton of people. It’s a very frustrating situation no one has to ever go through. When the power goes out people start to fuss about the food in the fridge/freezer, no internet [people with routers] and no television for the kids (if you have them).
Adequately, there are things you can do on your own before you put a call through to your electrician. Before you spend that money during this lockdown on an electrician, we’ve have prepared a can-do procedure below you can perform even before calling your emergency electrician.
The first standard procedure you should do is to check your main meter
It may seem ridiculous, but there are apparently reasons you should do this check. You do this for the obvious reasons, inspection to make sure the meter is on and if it turns out it isn’t then call the local supplier straight away. If it is on and it’s a pay as you go meter [old type], make sure you check if you don’t have an outstanding debt on the meter. Believe it or not, this happens more often than you think.
Check your fuses or MCBS
The next things you should do if your power goes is having a look at your fuse board / Consumer unit. If you have the old type of fuses with the fuse wire, then pull them out and check if everything is still intact. If you have the newer type worth MCB’s, then make sure that they are all in the up position. Once this has been checked you can move on.
Check your RCD has not tripped
If your RCD has tripped, then put it back in the up position. If the RCD trips again, then we would advise that you unplug everything in the property and try again. Now some people don’t seem to realise this, when we say everything, we mean everything. From the cooker and Fridge to all the televisions in every room. If this doesn’t work, you can then start to look at alternatives, you can switch off all the MCB’s and switch on the RCD again.
If the RCD stays up then you can start to put the MCB’s in the up position 1 at a time. Eventually one will trip the MCB, this will be the circuit with the fault and you can at least use all the other electrics in the house by keeping this MCB switch down. If this doesn’t work, then there are no alternatives in this method and you will have to call an electrician
When to call an emergency electrician
Once you have done the above, you can confirm that your power is certainly off and it may be a good idea to now start calling an emergency electrician. When you call your electrician, be certain they have all the credential required. Also, make sure that you know exactly what you are asking them to do by doing the above. This way you may be able to save on some cost. Ensure that whoever you assign is a registered and qualified engineer. We undertake all our works around the London and Essex areas, this can be a highly competitive market in regards to pricing, please make sure you shop around and get the best deal possible by a reputable company. You can do this these days simply by seeing if the company is on google or other reviewing websites.