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Electrician Brisbane Northside - RCD testing
1. An electrically wired home is one of life’s great comforts. Lights on demand, instant heat and warm meals within minutes; however as we’re always told from a young age: Do Not Play With Electricity! While it remains an essential to modern living, electricity in itself can be dangerous when not regulated and controlled, especially when live currents are exposed or there is an electricity leak.
But is there a way to reduce this risk? Can having electric currents surging through your home ever be safe?
2. This is where RCD testing steps in. Known as a Residual Current Device, the RCD quickly disconnects an electric circuit when it detects certain faults such an electric leak or imbalance. This prevents electrocution within milliseconds – and although a shock may still be felt, with the help of an RCD the duration and injury can be greatly reduced. It also reduces the risk of ruining a perfectly good job with the hair straightener before firing up the kettle for the first morning cup of coffee. An RCD device can be a fixed installation or a mobile RCD, meaning that it can be used for almost any electrical work, whether inside or outside. It should also be noted that a minimum of two devices is required in domestic homes, with only a maximum of three sub circuits that may be connected to a single RCD device.
3. Only qualified electricians in Brisbane are able to fully test an RCD as it requires the technical know-how to ensure the device performs as expected. During RCD testing, the electrician will require that all electrical equipment needs to be turned off to properly conduct the test and ensure safety. If the RCD test is successful it will trip all the electricity in the home, as it should do when activated. An RCD should also be tested by a Brisbane electrician in order to ensure that a house meets all electrical standards as set out by the law. An RCD does not replace a circuit breaker and is often installed in conjunction with this device.
3. Regular RCD testing can also identify issues with outdated wiring and troublesome electrical equipment that may result in an electrical shock. When calling in electrical contractors to perform the test, be sure to alert them to appliances that trip up electricity or any nuisance tripping that occurs.
4. During the RCD test, the electrician may also perform a test and tag – as each piece of electrical equipment is then tested and tagged to confirm that they have been inspected and cleared.
According to Australian Standards since 1991, as it applies to Brisbane, it is recommended to perform a push button RCD test every 6 months and the operating time as well as a push button test should be performed by a licenced electrician in Brisbane Northside.
At Electricians Brisbane Northside, we are able to perform RCD testing in order make sure that your home is compliant and safe. Complete our online enquiry form or give us a call and we will assist.