I turned up at the house in Wakefield “Power goes off when set on” (or similar) it said on the job sheet. It didn’t make much sense but that wasn’t unusual, customers have an odd way with fault descriptions, the old dears verbal description didn’t help much either, but I was pointed at the Kitchen G8.
So I pulled out the set and took the back off straight away, there was nothing obvious, fuse intact, nothing blown/burnt and no shorts across the incoming supply. So I plugged it in then switched on and was plunged into a silent darkness, the house lights went off, the radio went off, the TV blaring in the front room went silent, everything. “Dammit, it’s blown the fuse box” I thought and switched it off again.
Everything instantly came back on. WTF?
Several more switching on’s revealed a little buzzing arcing noise coming from the little larder just inside the back door, where the fuse box was. Every time the kitchen TV was switched on. Trying to explain to the customer why their G8 was triggering a house wiring fault when nothing else did (including the living room TV) was complicated and eventually it was left to me to explain to the Council that an Electrician really needed to attend ASAP before there was a fire.