Fault Finding and Repairs in Mackay


When you’re dealing with faulty wiring, electrical fault finding is the right solution to your problem. It is often difficult for an untrained eye to know exactly how to spot the issue and trace the problem. Our electricians are your go to people to effectively pinpoint and repair any faults. We are your go to electricians in the Mackay region and cover commercial, industrial and residential electrical faults. 

If you have tripping circuits, flickering lights or burning odors you need to call an electrician immediately.

What is an electrical fault?

It can get pretty technical but in simple terms, an electrical fault represents a deviation of voltages and currents from standard values or states in an electrical network or machine.

When the fault occurs, there’s a surge in electrical current that flows through the network or device which causes damage to the item with potentially life-threatening results.

There are various reasons for an electrical fault. An electrical fault takes place in the electrical circuitry of the network or appliance, meaning the problem could be located in any of its components like lights, pumps, plugs and sockets, fans and motors, transformers, refrigerators, switching devices, relays, fuses, lamps, circuit breakers and fusible links.

Ways to Find electrical faults?

Electrical fault finding may be unpleasant, hazardous, and time-consuming. When there are electrical faults, circuit breakers will trip if you have them installed. Consequently, these circuit breakers will not effectively safeguard your electrical equipment.

To fix the problem, all you have to do is figure out what went wrong in the first place. Problems can occur from years of usage and may require the services of an emergency electrician. To troubleshoot an electrical fault, follow these seven steps.

Turn off all circuit breakers

Do you have any idea why your whole home loses electricity? Something may have triggered the primary switch. Despite this, the circuit breakers are still on. As a result, you must shut off all circuit breakers as a precautionary measure. Turning off the circuit breakers is as simple as flipping a switch.

Turn on the main power switch

Your primary safety switch may have been tripped, as described in the first step. Turn on your main switch once you've turned off all of the circuit breakers. The primary switch will now be powered up as a result of your actions. However, due to the circuit breakers still being out, nothing will function in your house.

Turn the circuit breakers on (one by one)

You must now activate each circuit breaker one by one. It'll aid in the process of figuring out what's wrong.

Recognise the electrical error

One way to find the problem is to switch on the circuit breakers one at a time. If, for example, you switch on the kitchen circuit breaker and it stays ON, then there is no problem. If the circuit breaker in the backyard trips again after you switch it on, you need to find the source of the problem.

Turn off all the lights and appliances

By individually turning on circuit breakers, you could isolate the bad circuit and fix it. All circuit breakers must be turned off again at this stage.

Restore all but one of the power sources

You may re-establish power in your house by reactivating the main switch and circuit breakers. Never turn on the circuit breaker, though. All but the faulty circuit in your house will have power again.

Get assistance from an expert electrician

The damaged circuit must be repaired immediately. Once the issue has been located, a licensed electrician may assist with the repair. Until the issue is addressed, do not turn on the defective circuit breaker.

What skills and knowledge do electricians require to handle an electrical fault?

When you select the right electrician to fault find and conduct repairs, make sure they are qualified and experienced. It is essential they know how to:

  • Isolate electrical circuits from the power supply using relevant techniques
  • Tag isolated circuits
  • Work with the right tools and equipment
  • Locate, repair and report faults in electric circuits according to manufacturers’ circuit specifications
  • Avoid possible hazards associated with electrical circuits

What is involved with electrical fault finding and repair?

Fault finding means testing the electrical equipment to determine whether it’s working safely and correctly. Unfortunately this can be like solving a puzzle and may take time depending on the complexity of the set up or structure where the issue has occurred. When dealing with faulty wiring it’s very important to check out the circuit diagrams, specifications and schematics. That’s why a qualified electrician will:

  • Examine built-in fault indicators and error codes, if necessary
  • Check whether the circuit is correctly isolated from the power supply
  • Locate and verify the electrical faults using appropriate techniques
  • Record the faults according to Australian standards

Fix that electrical fault once and for all

Next, after pinpointing the electrical fault, our qualified electricians will solve the issue. This means:

  • Repairing, replacing or adjusting to specifications or manufacturers’ requirements
  • Checking and testing whether the circuit/s is now in perfect working order using the right tools and equipment for compliance
  • Writing a repair report to standard operating procedures