Sometimes loss of power in your home won’t need an immediate electrician call out.  An older lady who lives on her own (and happens to know us) contacted us wanting help.  Her power was off all together and she didn’t know what to do.  We talked with her on the phone what to do.

TOP TIP! A friend of mine in the Morecambe gave me this tip when I was checking his consumer unit.  Keep a charged torch in where the fuse box / consumer unit is.  “Why didn’t I think of that?”

  1. Locate the fuse box.
  2. Look at all of the switches.  Are they in the on position?  At this point if they’re all on, then you’ve likely got a power cut. See the power cuts post.
  3. If the main switch or RCD is off, then try turning it on again.
  4. If it won’t stay on, then turn all of the other switches off on the board.
  5. Then try turning the RCD or main switch back on.  Now at this point, if it stays off, then you’ll have to call an electrician.  Faults like this have to be isolated because RCDs are sensitive.
  6. If you’re RCD or main switch stays on, then turn on all of the other switches one by one. At this point everything may restore or you’ll find the system turns off when you get to the circuit with the fault.

Things to look for…

  • Have any of your sockets got too many items plugged in?
  • Do you smell burning?
  • Have any bulbs blown?
  • Have you had a water leak near electrics?
  • Have you hammered a nail anywhere?  Floors,walls or ceilings.
  • When the power went off, where you using an electrical device?

Answering these questions will help you find the fault.  In many cases, you’ll be able to solve the problem yourself safely.  Well installed electrical installations that follow the regulations are safe even if your DIY or appliances aren’t.  If you’re not sure of the safety of your system then why not book an electrical condition report from £99 for homes and from £59 for static caravans.