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Electricity Supply Tripping

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 9:54am
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John56

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When several electrical items ( hob, microwave, lights, TV, heater etc ) are used at the same time our electricity supply trips. We can restart it by cutting down on the number of devices in use but it is inconvenient. Can anyone advise us what causes this and how we can eliminate the problem.

271935

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 9:59am

Your tariff is too low. You need to get in touch with your electricity supplier to increase it. This will stop stuff tripping out, but will increase your bills by 10-15€ per month. Happens a lot in winter as people use electric heaters which use a lot of power

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 10:32am

Before you can increase your contracted maximum wattage (Potentia) you will need a certificate from a qualified electriction which confirms that your existing household wiring is capable of handling the additional load.

Once you have this, you can go down to the nearest Iberdrola Office (which I guess is the one marked on the map below) and sign a new contract.

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starfox

Sun Dec 3, 2017 12:06pm

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 12:06pm

You may not actually need a boletin, I would ask first to see if they can raise your potencia and if not then you need an electrician to come. Be warned though that if you need to upgrade the potencia there is a good chance the original gauge wire used wont be up to it and you may need to get it rewired altogether so something that should never be an isssue to begin with may end up costing quite a bit.

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 3:39pm

Like the other responders, I assumed that it's the cutout switch (ICP) or smart meter that's tripping due to the contracted power being to low, but is that the case, John?

If it's just one circuit breaker that's tripping, then there's a different answer.

John56

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 4:01pm

It's the cutout switch, the replies that I have received confirm what I thought.

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Posted: Sun Dec 3, 2017 4:58pm

OK, John, just wanted to make sure you weren't going to take the wrong action.

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Mon Dec 4, 2017 12:09am

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Posted: Mon Dec 4, 2017 12:09am

You probably have a 3.5 kw supply. Look at you electricity bill.  Microwave, lights, fridge, tv, computer, radio, hi-fi, draw very little power and will not trip out.  You need low wattage kettle say 1 to 1.2 kw. Room heaters on timer with heater thermostat 750w to 1kw.  Water heaters use lots of power.  Put a timer on water heater set for night heating say on 05.00 off 08.00. Use washing machine in afternoon on 30 - 40 deg. Use microwave rather than hob. Fan heaters work better than rads. You will soon get used to doing it. We did. If not upgrade your your supply to 6.5 kw which is bit more expensive. 

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