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EverHopeful 23rd September 2019 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14953836)
The guys from the electricity company came last night and disabled the big switch above the consumer unit, saying that it doesn't actually serve any purpose. No charge. Since then we haven't had any trips, so fingers crossed it has done the trick.

Thanks for your suggestions everyone.

When I saw your pics (have only just looked at this thread) I wondered why on earth you would have the big switch, given the other box does everything. So maybe it was just a hang over from the previous system. Great that you didn't have to pay.

Alcalaina 23rd September 2019 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by EverHopeful (Post 14955320)
When I saw your pics (have only just looked at this thread) I wondered why on earth you would have the big switch, given the other box does everything. So maybe it was just a hang over from the previous system. Great that you didn't have to pay.

Well, unfortunately two days later it started happening again, even more frequently! So they came back today and now think it's water in the consumer unit (odd because it hasn't rained since May). They are going to come back tomorrow and replace the rusty térmicos, for which we will have to pay.

I'm off to the UK tomorrow for two weeks so hopefully it will all be sorted by the time I get back.:)

DonMarco 23rd September 2019 04:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14955382)
Well, unfortunately two days later it started happening again, even more frequently! So they came back today and now think it's water in the consumer unit (odd because it hasn't rained since May). They are going to come back tomorrow and replace the rusty térmicos, for which we will have to pay.

I'm off to the UK tomorrow for two weeks so hopefully it will all be sorted by the time I get back.:)

My guess is an Earth leakage which needs special equipment to trace. Have you got any rats nibbling away at the insulation?

alan-in-mexicali 25th September 2019 01:25 AM

It could well have a "street light" issue... at my house, one of the power companies wires TO the meter broke way the hell up the pole and was unnoticeable… burned out my freezer, water cooler due constant "starts" but no "run".... I also got an electric bill for about three time the monthly average! IS, by chance, the street light connected to your meter or to your "pre-meter line"?

Carl waters 25th September 2019 10:10 AM

fridges are notorious at tripping RCDs, on re-wires/new kitchens etc we used to install a dedicated radial circuit just for the fridge backed up with its own RCBO. Also while this might be unlikely in a domestic situation using a lot of IT equipment at the same time can also exceed the rating on the RCB (usually 30 mA).

baldilocks 25th September 2019 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Carl waters (Post 14956510)
fridges are notorious at tripping RCDs, on re-wires/new kitchens etc we used to install a dedicated radial circuit just for the fridge backed up with its own RCBO. Also while this might be unlikely in a domestic situation using a lot of IT equipment at the same time can also exceed the rating on the RCB (usually 30 mA).

You haven't bothered to tell us where you are/came from/going to but I have never found that about fridges in all my years.

Ovaldo 25th September 2019 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by baldilocks (Post 14956618)
You haven't bothered to tell us where you are/came from/going to but I have never found that about fridges in all my years.

Do you have to be from somewhere? Going to? Are??

When the motor starts on a refrig, freezer it does create a surge and an old breaker might just trip.

Carl waters 25th September 2019 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by baldilocks (Post 14956618)
You haven't bothered to tell us where you are/came from/going to but I have never found that about fridges in all my years.

personal info updated, just google about the fridge issue, plenty of info on many electricians forums about it.

Alcalaina 26th September 2019 03:21 PM

I’m away at the moment but OH reports that a fleet of electricians went round the house and gave it the all clear. It looks like someone from the council may have disconnected the earth on a streetlight when changing a bulb. They are currently dismantling all the streetlights to check!

So my initial “sneaky feeling” was spot on.

Oddly, even though they were also affected, none of the neighbours reported it apart from an English couple up the road. Andalusian fatalism?

Carl waters 26th September 2019 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14957330)
I’m away at the moment but OH reports that a fleet of electricians went round the house and gave it the all clear. It looks like someone from the council may have disconnected the earth on a streetlight when changing a bulb. They are currently dismantling all the streetlights to check!

So my initial “sneaky feeling” was spot on.

Oddly, even though they were also affected, none of the neighbours reported it apart from an English couple up the road. Andalusian fatalism?

'' It looks like someone from the council may have disconnected the earth on a streetlight when changing a bulb'', dafuq!!!!!! I have got to say that in all my years working as a 'spark' i can honestly say that there isn't another trade that has as many cowboys as the electrical trade.


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