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Electrics keep tripping - Advice please?

Posted: Wed Jan 3, 2018 4:34pm
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Tracey67

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We have a three bed flat and the electrics keep tripping.  I think we should raise our electric capacity as we are only on 3.something.  But we can’t even use the hob and oven at the same time (even with the air con turned off).  Just asking for peoples views as to whether this is normal? The electric comes back on within seconds without the fuse box needing resetting. Is it easy to raise the capacity and is this done remotely or will the engineer need to attend.

Lilkal

Posted: Thu Jan 4, 2018 8:42am

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Posted: Thu Jan 4, 2018 8:42am

sounds like the supply needs to go up.  when we have air con heat on that happens if I put tumble dryer on.  you can contact yr energy supply to up it.  with ours it costs nothing to increase but it costs if we want to decrease it.  we are with Iberdol.  always best to check re costs.

paulsav

Posted: Thu Jan 4, 2018 11:20am

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Posted: Thu Jan 4, 2018 11:20am

I have same problem as we,re on 3.75kw too. I am not increasing my power until we live in Spain full time as it increases the bill by increasing the cost of "contracted power", (similar to Uk standing charge) but the rate for the kw stays the same. We just get used to it and try our best to juggle which items to have on same time. If I have my hob on( each ring is approx 1-2kw , so all four =6kw average so way above what Iberdrola give out. An electric hob is probably the highest consuming power you could have in a home, an oven (big item in size) only uses 1.5/2kw so much less, put both on 8kw hence tripping. In Uk we receive at least 15kw available at one time so you can see 3.75 is a small fraction. You,re lucky yours resets itself(are you on a smartmeter?) ours has to be reset at fuse box, ridiculous inconvenience but as people say "this is Spain!".

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Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 11:11am

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Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 11:11am

Tracey67 wrote on Wed Jan 3, 2018 4:34pm:

We have a three bed flat and the electrics keep tripping.  I think we should raise our electric capacity as we are only on 3.something.  But we can’t even use the hob and oven at the same time (even with the air con turned off).  Just asking for peoples views as to whether this i...

...s normal? The electric comes back on within seconds without the fuse box needing resetting. Is it easy to raise the capacity and is this done remotely or will the engineer need to attend.

make sure when you plug certain things in that you put them into the right socket, sockets are two different types, 5 amp and 15 amp, look into your control box to see which rating is tripping.

rma44

Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 5:16pm

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Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 5:16pm

Hi Tracy67

I don't want to alarm you, but if your trip doesn't actually trip out, which would require resetting, you must have a problem within the wiring. I would get this checked out properly by an electrician. The trips (fuses) are there to protect you and the property. It might be a joint heating up somewhere and breaking the circuit momentarily. Hope you get it sorted soon.

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Dodgement

Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:10pm

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Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:10pm

We have no trouble living with 3.4Kw. We bought a gas cooker and hob, gave the electric kettle away and bought a gas one, I make sure not to run the toaster and the microwave at the same time. We stopped using the dishwasher, no hardship as there is only the two of us, and we only put the washing machine on over night. I still manage to run my pool and occasionally use the tumble dryer just to fluff up the towels. We have gas central heating so no problems there and in the summer we do put the aircon on in the bedroom for an hour or so before going to bed.

Its all just a question of organising your resources and not paying any more money to Iberdrola.

paulsav

Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:49pm

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Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:49pm

I totally agree with Dodgement, you just have to balance what to use at one time. I,m aware the smart meters are being phased in but I have a worry regarding what might happen if my electric trips. Our meter is outside our land(campo) approx 150/200mtrs away from the house. I,ve read you have to reset at the meter but is this true? That would mean we,d have to walk 150mts every time it trips and back. Luckily although we dont own the land its on(dont know who does) and its not fenced but if it were in the future, I would dread the cost to move it closer to our property. Our fusebox is inside lounge, would it stay and would the reset be kept in the fusebox(as now) or at the meter. Appreciate someone in similar position with a smartmeter already that was installed a good distance away from house to put my mind at ease as we are non residents and it may be done while we,re not there.

Dodgement

Posted: Sat Jan 6, 2018 3:04am

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Posted: Sat Jan 6, 2018 3:04am

I have a friend who has the same problem. If his meter trips he has to get in his car and drive to it.

Fortunately the meter should not trip if you are careful. When they changed our meter we did not notice it, only took them a few minutes apparently. You don't have to be there.

They don't touch your fusebox, the reset is at the meter.

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Posted: Sun Jan 7, 2018 6:21pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 7, 2018 6:21pm

Tracey67 wrote on Wed Jan 3, 2018 4:34pm:

We have a three bed flat and the electrics keep tripping.  I think we should raise our electric capacity as we are only on 3.something.  But we can’t even use the hob and oven at the same time (even with the air con turned off).  Just asking for peoples views as to whether this i...

...s normal? The electric comes back on within seconds without the fuse box needing resetting. Is it easy to raise the capacity and is this done remotely or will the engineer need to attend.

Hi sounds like you've got probs with electric cooker

Tracey67

Posted: Sun Jan 7, 2018 7:56pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 7, 2018 7:56pm

The cooker is fine if nothing else is on.  Once the family left we could cook on one ring and use the oven, so I guess having smaller electronics charging etc all added up.  When there is just the two of us we are getting it down to an art, but harder with guests.  As a three bed I would want it to cope as our young grandchildren got a bit frightened when it all went dark!  I don’t want them afraid to visit!

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