There are defined steps that you should follow when you want to reset a safety switch in Australia. Electrical safety switches are usually located in the electrical switchboard. As part of any good electrical maintenance routine, we recommend testing your safety switch each year. Within this article, we explain what a safety switch is and how to reset one in Australia safely.
What is a safety switch and why do they need to be reset
A safety switch is a device that is used to prevent electrical accidents. Within Australia they are also referred to as fuse boxes. Some people will call them circuit breakers but there are actually differences between a circuit breaker and safety switch.
Safety switches are designed to protect people from electrocution and fires by breaking the circuit when there is an overload of current. This prevents the flow of electricity to the appliance or wiring, which can cause a fire or an explosion.
Safety switches need to be reset after they have been tripped in order to restore power to the circuit. If a safety switch is not reset, it will remain off and will not provide protection if there is another power surge. Safety switches are an important part of any electrical system and should be properly maintained to ensure maximum safety.
How to identify if your safety switch needs to be reset
A safety switch, also known as a residual current device (RCD), is a life-saving device that protects you from electrical shocks. It monitors the flow of electricity through your circuits and switches off the power if it detects an imbalance. This can happen if there’s a fault in your wiring, or if you come into contact with a live wire. Safety switches are required by law in all new homes, and they should be tested annually to ensure they’re working properly.
Your safety switch will need to be reset if it has trip for any reason, the most common being because there has been a power surge or electrical fault. Appliances around water like your dishwasher or washing machine can be common culprits. Be careful of any AC power plugs and sockets around water as touching live wires can be fatal. Read on to understand how to reset a safety switch correctly.
How to reset a safety switch in Australia
In Australia, the steps for resetting a safety switch are as follows:
- Locate the switch; it is more than likely in your electrical meter box, and make sure that it is in the “off” position.
- Locate the safety switch that has been tripped, it will be the switch that is currently sitting in an off position.
- Turn the safety switch back to its on position.
- For the circuit controlled by the safety switch, check your lights are on or appliances are working again.
- If the safety switch trips again, you are best to try and identify what appliance is causing the electrical fault. You can do this by unplugging each appliance one at a time before turning the safety switch back on to see which device is causing the fault.
- If you have tested each appliance and the switch keeps tripping, or you just want some assistance with the process call a licensed electrician for help.
What to do if the safety switch doesn’t seem to be working properly
If you’re having trouble with your safety switch, there are a few things you can do to try to troubleshoot the issue. First, check to make sure that the switch is turned on. Sometimes, the switch can accidentally get turned off, so this is a simple fix. If the switch is on and you’re still having trouble, try flipping it off and then back on again. This can sometimes reset the switch and allow it to work properly. If you’re still having issues, you may need to replace the switch and this is when it is best to call a licensed electrician, such as Finnley Electrical to help.
In conclusion, it is important to understand what a safety switch is and why they need to be reset. By regularly checking your safety switches and resetting them when necessary, you can help ensure that your electrical appliances are safe to use. If you have any concerns about your safety switch or its ability to protect your home, please contact a licensed electrician.
Why won’t my safety switch turn back on?
If your safety switch won’t turn back on you probably have a faulty home electrical appliance that is tripping the circuit. Other reasons can include, damaged wiring, or a problem within the electrical circuit itself.
Do not attempt to force the switch back on, as this could lead to further complications and potential hazards. Instead, unplug all appliances from the affected circuit and try to reset the safety switch once more. If it still refuses to turn back on, it’s crucial to contact a licensed electrician to diagnose and resolve the underlying problem. Remember, addressing electrical issues promptly is essential for maintaining a safe and secure home environment.