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TYPICAL MAINS ELECTRICAL FAULTS

Are you experiencing any of the following:

  • Residual current breakers (RCDs) that trip frequently for no obvious reason
  • Circuit breakers that trip frequently
  • Fuses that blow frequently
  • RCD's and circuit breakers that won't reset (i.e. allow you to switch the circuit back on)
  • A tingling, prickly sensation when touching light switches or electrical appliances
  • Flickering lights
  • Socket outlets that sometimes work, sometimes don't
  • Switches or socket outlets that are warm or even hot to the touch
  • Sizzling or crackling noises from switches or socket outlets
  • Smoke alarms that go off (often repeatedly) during the course of normal day-to-day household activities (e.g. cooking)
  • Scorch marks around socket outlet plug holes
  • Motion activated security lights (halogen floodlights) that are permanently on
  • Extractor fans that don't appear to extract any air
  • An immersion heater system that produces scalding hot water
  • No hot water at all, no central heating, or both


All of the above are signs and symptoms of an unhealthy electrical installation, and as such they should NOT
be ignored. If you are experiencing any such symptoms then a fault or faults exist somewhere within the installation. For the safety of all those who use the property in question, the faults should be rectified without any delay whatsoever.

Fault-finding is a complex and challenging activity which can push an electrician to the limit of his or her technical ability. Not all electricians have the knowledge or experience necessary to enable them to track down and clear a fault.

Additionally, some companies might offer a fault-finding or troubleshooting service, but then take many hours to diagnose the problem. Most charge by the hour, which can end up being extremely costly for the consumer.

Southwest Test take a radically different approach. Fault-finding is one of our niche areas of business. We have a proven track record of being very good at it. We are confident that we can rapidly cure your electrical problems. So we have a low fixed-price for all electrical troubleshooting, with an added guarantee that if we fail then you pay absolutely nothing for our time. We've never been beaten yet!

Our electricians work throughout Dumfries & Galloway and Cumbria, and in and around Dumfries, Lockerbie, Annan, Carlisle, Moffat, Thornhill, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Gretna, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkconnel, Kirkcudbright, Langholm, Lochmaben, Newton Stewart, Sanquhar, Stranraer, Wigtown, Aspatria, Brampton, Cockermouth, Longtown, Maryport, Penrith, Silloth, Whitehaven, Wigton and Workington.


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