Electrical Troubleshooting For Residential And Commercial Properties
Equipment can malfunction for various reasons. Mechanical contacts and parts can wear out; wires can overheat and burn open or short out. Parts might be damaged by impact or abrasion; etc. Equipment may operate in a manner far different than it was designed to, or not work at all.
Typically, when equipment fails there does exist a sense of urgency to get it fixed and working again. If the faulty equipment is part of an assembly line, the whole assembly line may be down causing unexpected time off and lost revenue. If you are at a customers site to repair equipment, the client may watch you, knowing they are paying for every minute you spend troubleshooting and repairing their equipment. Either one of these scenarios and there are more, can put a large amount of pressure on you to solve the issue quickly.
So, what is fault finding? It is the process of analyzing the behavior or operation of a faulty circuit to work out what exactly is wrong with the circuit. It then involves identifying the defective component(s) and repairing the circuit.
Depending on the kind of equipment, fault finding could be a very challenging task. Often problems are easily diagnosed and the problem component easily visible. Other times the symptoms as well as the faulty component is often difficult to diagnose. A defective relay with visual signs of burning will be easy to spot, whereas an intermittent problem caused by a high resistance connection can be much tougher to find.
What makes an expert Fault finder? One trait of expert troubleshooters is that they are capable of finding virtually any fault in a reasonable amount of time. Easy faults, complicated faults, they find them all. Another trait is they typically replace only the components that are defective. They appear to have a knack for finding out exactly what is wrong. No trial and error here. So what is their secret?
You may think that a person who has a very good understanding of how the equipment works, ought to be able to troubleshoot it effectively. Being good at fault finding requires a lot more than this.
Expert troubleshooters have a good understanding of the operation of electrical components which are utilized in circuits they are knowledgeable about, and even ones they are not. They use a system or approach that allows them to logically and systematically analyze a circuit and determine exactly what is wrong. Additionally understanding and effectively using tools such as prints, diagrams and test instruments to spot defective components. Finally, they have had the opportunity to develop and refine their fault finding skills.
We will be able to see how the circuit works under normal conditions and what effect changing one of the circuit inputs has on the circuit operation. For instance, what happens to the overall circuit operation when a push button is pressed; which relays energy, which lights illuminate, does the pump start or stop, etc. We also will be able to work out what effect a faulty component might have on the circuit operation. If you are experiencing electrical problems and need some troubleshooting assistance please do not hesitate to submit a request for a free estimate here or call the number you see above today.