Updated on 26th October, 2022 by Martin Astley
A fuse box that keeps tripping indicates that you have a faulty electrical item. Or faulty wiring somewhere in your home. The simple solution for this problem is to contact an expert for professional help. Or you can solve the problem yourself if it’s not that complicated.
The first step you need to take in this situation, is identify the problem. Working out what is wrong is a process of elimination. And you can usually narrow down the problem yourself. We will help you in doing that!
How to Find out What is Tripping My Electricity?
If your fuse box keeps tripping, it means that the circuit breaker or fuse has blown because of overload. This may be caused due to number of things. But there are several things to cut the problem. So that you don’t end up replacing good electrical items.
In this article, we are going to discuss some questions related to fuse box buzzing. So that you know how to deal with the tripping fuse box.
Why Does My Electricity Keep Tripping?
Well, RCDs, or Residual Current Devices, look out for abnormal electricity currents. And shut off the power supply the moment that they detect any abnormalities. This might seem annoying, but they are a vital safety device. And ensure that faulty wiring does not lead to electric shocks. So don’t get too irritated by a tripping RCD. This is likely a sign of a more serious problem and the RCD is doing you a favour by keeping you safe.
Although the following advice could help you resolve the problem. And get your electricity supply working again without the help of an electrician.
247 Home Rescue wants to remind you that electricity can kill. And that you should not perform any electrical work if you are not 100% confident in your abilities. We take no responsibility for any injuries people sustain. When following the guidance on this page.
What are Some Common Reasons My Fuse Box Keeps Tripping?
1. Blown Fuses:
If your fuse keeps tripping. It could be that a fuse has blown. This means there is a break in one of your appliances or circuit. Often, you can check for blown fuses yourself and change the fuse in the main fuse box.
You should also keep track of what devices you have plugged into each socket. And make sure they’re not all overloading one circuit. To do so, turn off all devices and turn them on one at a time to determine which ones are drawing too much power.
2. Overloaded Outlets:
Are you using extension cords with many plugs connected to them? That’s another sign that something might be wrong. Overloaded outlets may cause your fuse box to trip. If there is too much demand for electricity on one circuit. Extension cords are only meant to extend an outlet by about three feet. Any more than that and you risk overloading your main breaker box.
3. Loose Wiring:
It’s possible that loose wiring or faulty wiring might cause a breaker box to trip. But these issues happen inside individual walls. Where they’re hard to detect without hiring an electrician.
How to Repair a Tripping Fuse Box
- Determine when did the problem start? Think about when the fuse box started tripping. Did you turn on a lightbulb, overload a socket, or plug in a new electrical appliance? Switch off and unplug the appliance or fitting and try again.
- If you don’t know what might be causing the fuse box to trip? Look at the main fuse box and work out which fuse is tripping alongside the RCD. This will allow you to identify the room or circuit in which the fault is located. Unplug every appliance and fitting in the room. Switch the electricity supply back on. And then go around the room plugging things in until the RCD trips. Bear in mind that one of your electric appliances or fittings is faulty and could be dangerous. Although your RCD should protect you, this is not guaranteed. So, stay safe when working with electricity. And make sure you childproof your home electrics.
- If you can’t narrow down the area of the problem. Then unfortunately you will have to unplug everything in your house. And then plug everything back in again one at a time.
- If you discover that a particular appliance is causing your fuse box to trip. Then you don’t have to scrap it; minor problems, such as damp wiring, can lead to this problem. To stay on the safe side. Claim your appliance protection cover and get an expert to come and look at the appliance. If you haven’t got an appliance or home emergency cover, you can look at what we offer here.
- Are you overloading your circuits? I remember back from my university days. When I had to turn off all the other household electrics whenever I boiled the kettle. If you’re brewing up a cup of coffee. Making some cheese toasties, checking your email, charging your phone, running the washing machine and dryer. And watching satellite television simultaneously. You could well be overloading your electricity. Particularly if you have a lot of appliances plugged into the same sockets. Don’t overload your sockets – doing so is dangerous!
- Is one of your electric cords shorting out? Perhaps you have moved the cord recently, or maybe it is visibly damaged. This can create an improper connection and cause the RCD to trip your circuits.
- Is the main breaker going but individual breakers are fine? This indicates that the fault is within the fuse box itself. Perhaps the main breaker is at a lower rating than the breaker for the faulty circuits. Or perhaps the main breaker is wired up badly. It is highly inadvisable for you to start fiddling about with the fuse box’s interior. If you are not trained to do so.
Still, Having Trouble?
Don’t attempt to make any changes to your electricals if you are unsure or not confident. Some electrical work in the home requires compliance with Part P building control. And needs to be done under BS7671 wiring regulations. Don’t forget – electricity is VERY dangerous and can kill you.
Instead, call 24|7 Home Rescue on 0345 3192 247 and we can help. Our technical team will tell you some simple troubleshooting tips, over the phone. To see if your problem can be resolved easily. If not, then they will book one of our Part P-certified and highly knowledgeable engineers to get you back up.
247 Home Rescue accepts no liability for any injuries or damages you sustain following the advice on this website. If in doubt, seek professional assistance.