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Recovery from a Power trip in Singapore
By Gerald Peck 4/21/2016 11:18 AM

How to Troubleshoot your Power Trip


One evening, you’re sitting in your home office, typing away on your laptop when the power zaps out. As you look out the windows and see the sky getting dimmer, you notice that your neighbours’ lights are on and you seem to be the only one without power.


Either you’ve neglected to pay your electricity bill and you’ve been shut off (hey, it happens), or a faulty appliance or overloaded circuit is to blame for your power trip. If you’ve determined your power bills have been paid, then you’ll need to take a quick look to see what’s going on with this power trip.


Incidentally, this is where candles and flashlights will be of great assistance to you. As a homeowner, these should always be in your home for emergencies like this. You’ll definitely need the flashlight to get a good look at what’s going on.


faulty electrical appliances

Troubleshoot your power trip the easy way. Here’s how:

1. Find your circuit breaker. 

2. Open it up and look to see if your switches have tripped. If you see nothing has tripped, the electrical fault isn’t being caused by any appliance in your home. This is common in apartment buildings. In this case, you’ll want to contact the manager of the building as well as your maintenance man to locate the fault outside of your residence. On the other hand, if the fault is indoors, then you will see it in the switches on your circuit breaker.

3. When you moved into your home, you should have made sure your circuit breaker was labeled carefully. If you did, then it should be very easy to see which appliance is responsible for the power trip. However, if you don’t know which one has caused the problem, you’ll need to switch off every switch in your home. Once you turn them all off, you will be ready to begin trouble-shooting. 

4. Start by switching all the switches back on. Do this one switch at a time.

5. One by one, as you switch them back on, the problematic switch should trip your circuit breaker again when it’s turned on.

6. When you find the one that is causing the problem, turn off the switch as well as the whole circuit breaker.

7. Go to the appliance or appliances that are connected to the switch in question. Look for any signs of problems, like burnt fuses, any burn marks on the plugs or exposed wires. Basically, look for anything that doesn’t look right.


These 7 steps will help you determine the origin of the problem. Whether or not you see something unusual or not, you will need to call in a qualified Singapore electrician to help you. If nothing seems amiss, you can unplug the appliance that was setting off the circuits but you’ll want to have a professional come and assess what the problem is. Above all, do not ever try to attempt any electrical repairs on your own unless you are a qualified professional. To do so is extremely dangerous. 


If you need electrical help, let ISOHomeCare offer free tele-consultation and guiding you on the troubleshooting without any charges, unless we come down or fault cannot be rectified.