Melbourne’s Best Solution for Electrical Fault Finding
Due to the fact that electricity is potentially dangerous and the cause of electrical fires, fault finding is not typically a DIY project.
It’s always safer to contact a licensed electrician for fault finding and repairs. JTS Electrical is Melbourne’s best solution for home and business owners.
Our electrical fault finding services include:
- Domestic electrical fault finding
- Commercial electrical fault finding
- Fault finding and troubleshooting
- Fault finding and repairs
- Fast and dependable service
- Free advice and quotes
JTS Electrical provides 24-hour electrical services in Melbourne and caters to domestic and commercial customers.
What is an Electrical Fault?
An electrical fault can be any apparatus or piece of electrical equipment that has an imperfection in its electrical circuit that causes the current to deflect from its intended path.
To put it another way, the fault is the imperfection in the electrical system, which can disrupt the normal flow of electricity and cause damage to electrical equipment such as computers, televisions, printers, and machinery with electrical motors, etc.
The fault lowers the insulation strength between the earth and phase conductors, and it also lowers the impedance between the earth and conductors.
When this occurs, a robust short circuit current can enter the system and cause damage to power system equipment.
We utilise a variety of voltage testers, receptacle analysers, and specialised equipment for fault finding and troubleshooting problems throughout the greater Melbourne area.
Signs of an Electrical Fault
In Australia, it’s not uncommon for electrical faults to cause house and business fires each year.
In order to protect domestic and commercial structures from the potential of an electrical fire due to an electrical fault, it’s important to recognise the following signs:
- Dimming or flickering lights
- Too many extension cords
- Sparking sounds
- Funny odours
- Hot switch plates and receptacles
- Buzzing or humming noise
- Constant blowing of fuses or breakers tripping
If any of these signs are present, it’s a good idea to contact us as soon as possible.
Additionally, we also provide routine maintenance and inspection services that can detect an electrical fault before it becomes a major problem or a potential life-threatening hazard.
Techniques and Ways to Detect an Electrical Fault
It’s important to understand, electrical fault finding can be difficult for the average person.
When it comes to tracing and repairing faults, there are generally three types of faults, which include electrical faults with a short circuit, open circuit or an earth fault.
Specialised equipment typically used to detect electrical faults include a digital voltmeter (DVOM) or multimeters, and for more complex fault finding, scopes are the preferred tool.
One of the best techniques for finding the source of the fault can be done by performing a wiggle test on the wiring, which involves wiggling the wires by hand to see if the electrical fault occurs.
This test can help to narrow down the source of the electrical fault to a certain section.
Additionally, having the electrical diagram of the circuit can simplify the process because it helps to identify multiple components and to see if they’re working properly.
What Causes an Electrical Fault?
Intermittent electrical faults are generally caused by:
- dirty connections
- poor wiring
- damaged wiring insulation
- broken wires inside of the insulation, especially in mechanical
- components where movement is present
- too much of a load on electrical circuits
- excessive loads on wiring
- loose connections
- or tightly packed wiring inside of the panel itself