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A Residual Current Device (RCD) although small and unassuming, essentially protects those in your home from electrocution. Located in your consumer unit (Fuse box), this important safety device saves lives and should be tested on a regular basis. When looking for your RCD in the consumer unit it may be labelled Interruptor Diferencial (ID). This is the Spanish term for your RDC. By monitoring your electricity supply 24 hours a day, the device detects any electricity leaks and, when found, it disconnects your electrical supply.

Auto-Reset Residual Current Device

A major cause of electricity leaks is water or damp. When the moisture comes in contact with conductive items in the household such as copper piping, steel shower and bath fixtures or kitchen draining boards, touching them can cause and electric shock. When the RCD does detect an electricity leak and disconnects the power supply, it is not possible to switch it back on until the fault is isolated or repaired. However, don’t let this prevent you from testing your RCD every few months. If the unit is functioning properly, when you press the test button it will trip the switch. But don’t worry, as it’s only a test it will allow you to switch it back on.

Auto-Reset Residual Current Device

A major cause of electricity leaks is water or damp. When the moisture comes in contact with conductive items in the household such as copper piping, steel shower and bath fixtures or kitchen draining boards, touching them can cause and electric shock. When the RCD does detect an electricity leak and disconnects the power supply, it is not possible to switch it back on until the fault is isolated or repaired. However, don’t let this prevent you from testing your RCD every few months. If the unit is functioning properly, when you press the test button it will trip the switch. But don’t worry, as it’s only a test it will allow you to switch it back on.

A major cause of electricity leaks is water or damp. When the moisture comes in contact with conductive items in the household such as copper piping, steel shower and bath fixtures or kitchen draining boards, touching them can cause and electric shock. When the RCD does detect an electricity leak and disconnects the power supply, it is not possible to switch it back on until the fault is isolated or repaired. However, don’t let this prevent you from testing your RCD every few months. If the unit is functioning properly, when you press the test button it will trip the switch. But don’t worry, as it’s only a test it will allow you to switch it back on.

Residual Current Device Testing

The standard RCD found in most Spanish homes is manual. In some homes though, it may be beneficial to fit an auto-reset RCD. Both units are there to protect all the sub-circuits of a home’s electrical installation. 30 milli-amps is the minimum rating for any RCD. If you are  experiencing what’s commonly known as nuisance tripping, do not attempt to remove or bypass a RCD. By doing this you are putting all household members at risk of electrocution.

Residual Current Device Testing

Detecting the cause of nuisance tripping is no easy task, especially when the fault seems to be intermittent. In many cases it is just a temporary power fault. A solution to this, which is especially useful for home owners that travel a lot, is to have an auto-reset RCD fitted. These RCD’s have an automatic function that can tell the difference between a permanent power fault and a temporary one. If temporary it will automatically restore the power to your home. This is beneficial in stopping your fridge or freezer defrosting or having your alarm system disabled.

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