Torrevieja Electricians

Common electrical faults occur on a daily basis in Spanish homes and commercial properties. They can be due to a number of reasons. Some turn out to be a simple fix with little expense, and others a major time consuming and rather costly repair. A few of the main reasons for common electrical faults are dated appliances, wiring or consumer units (fuse boxes). Another unfortunate reason for electrical faults are shoddy workmanship or dangerous ‘quick fix’ jobs.

Common Electrical Faults

At Torrevieja Electricians we highly recommend only using a qualified professional for any electrical work. In Spain, the widely used term ‘builder’ seems to magically refer to several different trades, including in some cases electrician. We find it surprising the amount of customers who call us to repair electrics or electrical faults that have previously been worked on by their local builder. Don’t get me wrong, some builders I’ve met are highly skilled in a number of trades, but with something as technical and potentially dangerous as electricity, it’s best to use the services of a fully qualified and reputable electrician.

Common Electrical Faults Can Be Avoided

At Torrevieja Electricians we highly recommend only using a qualified professional for any electrical work. In Spain, the widely used term ‘builder’ seems to magically refer to several different trades, including in some cases electrician. We find it surprising the amount of customers who call us to repair electrics or electrical faults that have previously been worked on by their local builder. Don’t get me wrong, some builders I’ve met are highly skilled in a number of trades, but with something as technical and potentially dangerous as electricity, it’s best to use the services of a fully qualified and reputable electrician.

Some Common Electrical Faults

Poor Power Surge Protection – Surge protectors are now required by law in Spain; and I don’t mean the individual multi-socket ones. A proper surge protector is fitted in the consumer unit (fuse box) and protects the home’s entire electrical installation.

Repetitive Switch Tripping – This can be caused by a number of reasons. Faulty wiring ,faulty appliances, short circuits, using too many electrical appliances at one time, insufficient electricity supply (contracted potencia) for the amount of usage in your household or, more commonly just a temporary power failure. Try fitting an auto-reset RCD (Residual Current Device).

Over Rated Circuit Breakers – Often when repetitive tripping occurs unscrupulous tradesmen will opt for an easy fix and charge you for the proper job they should have done in the first place. In most cases this means installing an over rated circuit breaker that will not trip when a fault is detected. It may seem to have fixed the tripping problem but is highly dangerous.

Illegal Upgrades – Another underhanded trick to solve a problem. This is done by bypassing or completely removing the Interutor Controla Potencia (ICP Switch) to avoid tripping. With the introduction of sealed ICP switches and Digital Smart Meters, this is no longer possible. if your consumer unit has not been upgraded, we recommend you get this done.

Dangerous Plugs & Sockets – There are still many homes in Spain using obsolete and down right dangerous plugs and sockets which don’t have an earth connection. We recommend only using the approved and far safer Schuko 16 Amp type F plugs and sockets.

Incorrect Bathroom Light Fittings – Due to the abundance of steam and water in bathrooms, standard light fittings are unsuitable and potentially dangerous. We recommend only using light fittings with an IP rating of 44 or higher for bathrooms. These are also fine for most outdoor light fittings although more exposed areas should be using fittings rated IPX5.

Close Menu