Twin Electrics & Plumbing
A residual current device, or safety switch, an RCD, is a life-saving device that quickly detects any imbalance in electrical currents and automatically shuts off the power supply, minimising the risk of electric shock or fire hazards.
At Twin Electrics & Plumbing, we prioritise your safety, and our team of skilled electricians is equipped to wire an RCD to protect you, your loved ones, and your property.
During an RCD installation, our electricians carefully assess your electrical system to determine the appropriate placement of the device. RCDs are typically installed at the main switchboard or distribution board to provide comprehensive protection for all electrical circuits in the building.
Our experts ensure that wiring an RCD unit is no hassle, and we do it in record time with maximum safety. Our electricians will ensure the RCD is properly connected and integrated into the electrical system, following industry standards and regulations.
RCD protection is required for socket outlets that could be presumed used outside of the equipotential zones (i.e. outside, providing there is equipotential bonding within the home). This could include an extension lead used for a vacuum cleaner, pressure washer, or outside cable feeding sheds.
RCDs measure the current balance between two conductors using a differential current transformer. This measures the difference between current flowing through the live conductor and returning through the neutral conductor.
Ensuring that an RCD protects any extension lead used outside is essential. We recommend having an RCD as part of the extension lead unless it is 15m or shorter and you are certain that any sockets to which it will be connected are already RCD protected.
An RCD provides a crucial layer of protection against electric shock. It constantly monitors the electrical current flow and can rapidly disconnect the power in case of a fault or abnormality, preventing potentially fatal accidents.
Secondly, RCDs offer enhanced protection against electrical fires. Quickly detecting ground faults or short circuits significantly reduces the risk of overheating and electrical fires, providing peace of mind.
Regular RCD service helps maintain the reliability and effectiveness of the device, ensuring that it can quickly detect and respond to electrical faults. This helps minimise the risk of electric shock accidents and potential fire hazards.
Secondly, regular RCD maintenance helps identify any underlying electrical problems affecting their performance. By addressing these issues proactively, you can prevent more significant electrical issues from arising.
Additionally, regular RCD servicing ensures compliance with safety regulations and standards. Many jurisdictions require periodic testing and maintenance of RCDs to ensure ongoing electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. By scheduling regular RCD servicing with Twin Electrics & Plumbing, you can meet these legal requirements and demonstrate your commitment to the safety of occupants and visitors.
A residual current device, a safety switch, isolates power when it detects an imbalance between the active and neutral conductors. A current leakage into the earth usually causes these imbalances.
A faulty appliance, wet conditions, insects, etc., can cause this leakage. CD/RCCBs are designed to disconnect power to the circuit when a difference is detected. Contact an expert electrician for safety switch testing because RCDs should be tested regularly. Testing a neutral safety switch is essential to ensure workplace safety and compliance.
Electrical safety is paramount, and at Twin Electrics & Plumbing, we take it seriously. Our RCD servicing is designed to give you peace of mind, knowing that your electrical system is well-maintained and protected against potential hazards.
Don’t compromise on safety—contact us today to schedule your RCD services and ensure your electrical protection devices’ ongoing reliability and effectiveness. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you and provide exceptional service that exceeds your expectations.