Lack of heating and hot water
Posted by Allan Campbell on February 6, 2019, 7:24 pm
Our boiler went off last night at 7 pm just as on way out to Keep Fit. When we arrived back our son in law was in our house as all the electrics had gone off and the electric entrance gate runs off our system. |
He and I spent 3 hrs. Trying to sort it just to get the lights on.
The boiler electrics one problem and the other the upstairs lights we found.
We thought we had found the boiler fault a loose earth wire but no. Had to leave it until this morning.
The problem with the bedroom lights is still to be found.
We only managed to determine that it was the bedroom by switching off everything and switching one a circuit at a time. I was back and forth detween ours and theirs as our mains box is in their end switching on after it had tripped.
At 11 we’d had enough, working by torchlight is a bit of a strain. Lights all except bedroom working and all socket working all through.
As son in law was at work today I started on the boiler problem checking all the wiring on the socket circuit that power’s it.
I tighten ever wire connection screw just in case but no change, so after lunch I thought / remembered something Dad said way back in about 1965 when I was working, modifying the house we had bought before getting married a few months later. Of course in 1960 the wiring in 1935 Morris required looking at so that’s where I stared electrics with Dad’s help.
Dad and others referred to themselves as Wiremen., wiring up the control panels in Reyrolle’s.
Thankfully his tuition al those years ago has stood me in good stead. I am only a amateur electrician non Qualified. Just hands on.
I remembered him saying something along the lines recheck everything and test. Back then you only had Bell Sets for checking circuits. They could be very ornate cases, their pride and joyThat’s
That’s what I remembered “where is my Bell Set” only they are now the Modern gadgets. Basically the same but with meters and no bell.
I checked every wire between connections. Load, neutral and earth. I found that the last neutral that goes from a fused switch to the boiler programme control unit was dead ie had a break as no resistance reading.
Then new bit of wire and boiler fixed. The Heat was glorious after 10 mins.
If you are a bit handy and live in a House that say is over 10 years old, just check the wire fixing screws in sockets and lights. They can work loose just with age the wire compresses under the screw sometimes, don’t know why they just doo. Maybe quality of the cabling or ???.
Just remember to switch off the power to the circuit you are going to work on otherwise you could get a “Belt”. A light circuit is usually a light Belt. Sockets a fair bit stronger. But stay well clear of cooker power circuits.
You can work on live circuits if you are experienced. BUT!, be careful, very careful.