How to find an electrical fault in 7 steps

How to find an electrical fault in 7 steps

Electrical outages in the home can put your family in serious danger if the problem is not isolated and repaired immediately. On average in Istanbul, power outages cause 11 worker deaths per year, so you can see the risk of these outages putting your family at risk.

Usually, when there are electrical faults in your home, the special circuit breaker with the fault trips and shuts off the electricity. Sometimes, however, this is not the case and instead the main switch that powers your entire home can trip. Troubleshooting can help you identify the problematic circuit and restore power elsewhere.

Dönmez Elektrik Teknikleri is your local electrical expert for troubleshooting and find an electrical fault There are 7 steps to help you. These electrical fault finding techniques can prevent damage to your family or home from an electrical outage.

  1. Close all circuit breaker fuses

If your whole house is out of power and it’s not coming from your electricity supplier, you’ll see the main switch in your distribution panel turn on. This can trip if it detects electrical faults as a safety measure.

The individual circuit breakers will always be on, so you’ll need to turn them off first.

  1. Unlock master security key

With all switches in the off position, you can now reactivate the main safety switch. Now you have electricity in your house. However, when individual circuits are closed, your appliances and fixtures are not yet powered.

  1. Reopen each circuit breaker fuse

When the main switch is turned on again, you can now turn on each circuit breaker switch again. The key here is to turn each switch back on one at a time.

  1. Identify the faulty circuit

You can find the faulty circuit by opening each switch separately. A faulty circuit is a circuit that closes after turning it back on! Some components of this circuit are the cause of your electrical fault.

  1. Close all keys again

Once the faulty circuit has been detected, you must now close all the switches.

  1. Turn the power back on

We can now begin the process of returning electricity to the circuits that are not turning on. Turn on the main switch first, then turn on each circuit again except the faulty circuit.

Now you have power in your home and you don’t have to worry about reactivating that faulty circuit.

  1. Call a repair electrician

When the faulty circuit is detected and the power is cut off, professional troubleshooting expert electrician It’s time to call. Until your faults are resolved, this switch will not remain open and no electricity will be supplied to any device connected to the circuit.

What causes power outages?

An electrical outage can be caused by a number of different issues in your home. Some are human errors and can be easily corrected, while others may be more systematic.

Here is a list of the most common causes of power failures:

  • Circuit overloaded – too many appliances or equipment are connected to the circuit and the demand for electricity exceeds the maximum power available
  • The wires in the main electrical box are very tight – there should be approximately 30mm of space between the wires to prevent damage during installation or repair
  • Loose connections on main panel – connections on main panel should be tightly seated

Some of them, unfortunately, are beyond your control beyond ensuring that your electrician is fully licensed. Still, there are a few things you can do at home to avoid mistakes.

How to prevent power outages

The first and easiest way to prevent electrical outages is to ensure that all electricians working in your home are fully licensed. In fact, it is actually illegal for unlicensed or unregistered electricians to perform electrical work. Improper electrical work is a one-way ticket to an electrical fault somewhere down the line.

You can also prevent malfunctions in your home by taking precautions:

  • Regularly inspect your cables for damage
  • Have a dedicated circuit for power-hungry appliances like air conditioners
  • Do not overload a circuit with too many connections or connect power boards to power boards.
  • Have your switchboard checked regularly by an electrician to detect any malfunction.

Sometimes a breakdown is unstoppable, so what system is there to protect you and your home?

What is a closed, open and short circuit?

Your panel uses closed and open circuits to protect both your family and your home from power outages. What is that?

Open and closed circuits

A circuit consists of electrical wires and components such as fans, switches, and lights. For electricity to flow, the wires and components must create a closed path through which the electricity flows. It is a closed circuit.

Any interruption of this closed path will create an open circuit. This interruption could be a switch in the off position or even faulty wiring. An open circuit will stop the flow of electricity and will not power any connected components.

A simple example of this is a light and its switch. When the switch is opened, the circuit closes and electricity flows through it. This causes the light to turn on. When the light switch is turned off, the circuit is interrupted (opened) and the light is turned off because electricity no longer flows.

Your circuit breaker acts as a switch in this case. It activates when it detects an electrical fault and opens the circuit, stopping the flow of electricity in that circuit.

short circuits

Although open and closed circuits are part of the normal operation of your household electrical equipment, short circuits are bad news. This is where a connection is made where it shouldn’t be and electricity flows through it.

Your circuit breaker aims to protect your electrical systems from this problem.

You should call an electrical fault expert

Faulty electrical systems in your home put your home and family at high risk for dangerous electrical problems. These risks include electrical shock and even electrical fire.

Unless you are a licensed electrician, you cannot determine the cause of your electrical problems or make the necessary repairs. This is why it is important to have a qualified electrician for troubleshooting electrical services.

Donmez Electric provides exceptional emergency electrical services to homes on the European side of Istanbul. We understand the risks a power outage places on your home and family, and we have advanced electrical troubleshooting techniques to keep your home safe.

You don’t know how to detect electrical faults yourself? That’s okay – a metro electrician can be at your house in just 1 hour* of your call, with the best troubleshooting techniques, equipment and knowledge to take control of your home’s electricity.