Are you tired of tripping the fuse box, when you have your kitchen and laundry appliances plugged in?
Usually when an overload occurs, it’s on a circuit where more than two things get hot. The power circuit is usually rated at between 16-20amps, depending if you have insulation in your house. Any appliances that gets hot – for example, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, dryer, etc., usually consumes 8-10 amps of electricity. Usually you can only have 2 appliances on at the same time, however once a 3rd appliance is on, it’ll overload the circuit breaker and trip
This may appear to happen intermittently because if you have a 16 amp circuit and you put 20 amps worth of appliances on it, it’ll let you do that for a couple of minutes before it trips. But if you take the same 16 amp circuit and you put 30 amps on it, it will trip straight away. So it’s got to do with time and the size of the load.
In conclusion, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to this, but you need to run a new cable from your switchboard to the appliances that are consuming the most electricity. Usually that’s to your washing machine in the laundry or to your dishwasher or kitchen bench or where you plug your heater in. Put new points on its own dedicated circuit in the switchboard, so you’re able to use twice as many appliances that get hot in that once area.
Another cause of this usually occurs when in the winter time, all the kitchen appliances are on and they try to add an electric heater.
The benefits of getting this fixed are:
- It won’t trip anymore
- Use what you want, when you want
- The peace of mind that nothing dangerous will occur