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  1. fuzdrum
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    fuzdrum EF Member

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    Barnsley
    Hi,

    Our breaker box is located in the cellar. We experience random socket trips throughout the year. Summertime seems to be the best when we can go months without an issue.

    Autumn/winter time is awful. We have had 3 trips within the last 24 hours. No new appliance has been switched on when the trips occur.

    Could it be a faulty RCD? Is it the location of the breaker box? Please help.
     
  2. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    the only way of finding out to get a spark in and investigate.and do some testing .
     
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  3. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    What has the weather been like over the last couple of days?
     
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  4. fuzdrum
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    fuzdrum EF Member

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    General cold, damp autumn weather!
     
  5. Spoon
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    Spoon Forum Mentor

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    Is there any signs of condensation on the consumer unit or in the cellar?
     
  6. fuzdrum
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    fuzdrum EF Member

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    Hi, the cellar is damp and cold but there is no visible moisture on the walls
     
  7. Spoon
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    Spoon Forum Mentor

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    If you have a dehumidifier you could try putting that near the consumer unit and see if that helps.
     
  8. Wilko
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    Wilko Electrician's Arms

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    Hi Fuz and welcome to the Forum:) .
    Repeating trips don't happen for no reason and aside from the inconvenience to you it could be a fault that's getting worse and so may become dangerous at some point. If it's not related to an appliance then as Buzz has advised, I think you'll be best served by getting your local friendly Electrician around to have a look. Most do "attend and work for an hour" callouts. Someone here may be nearby (?).
     
  9. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    How many rcds do you have?
     
  10. KevinH
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    KevinH Active EF Member

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    K H Electrical
    If worse with bad weather, maybe water getting into outside light or socket?
     
  11. fuzdrum
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    fuzdrum EF Member

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    The lights are on a different rcd and the only outside socket has a built in rcd which is tripped when not on use. May have to bite the bullet and get the sparky in
     
  12. Archy Styrigg
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    Archy Styrigg Electrician's Arms

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    Manchester
    That socket is most probably the problem.
    Moisture inside will still trip the circuit RCD even though the socket RCD is off.
     
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  13. KevinH
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    KevinH Active EF Member

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    The RCD built into the outside socket only protects what is plugged into it....not the connections behind it which could be wet.
     
  14. Fitzy
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    Fitzy Newly Qualified Sparky

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    Fuz, what actually trips, is it the RCD for a set of mcb’s, or is it an individual mcb that keeps tripping?

    If it’s the mcb, is there a label below it that says what circuit it’s protecting and what is plugged in to the sockets of this circuit?
     
  15. fuzdrum
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    fuzdrum EF Member

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    Barnsley
    Yes it's the rcd that protects just the sockets. Everything else stays on.
     
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