RCDs are a mandatory requirement for socket outlet (power) circuits in all new dwellings across Australia since 1992. Having an RCD for lighting circuits too is mandatory in some states and provides extra protection and peace of mind.
What is an RCD and how does it work?
Is an RCD the same as a circuit breaker? Am I protected if I have a circuit breaker?
A circuit breaker and safety switch look somewhat similar, but the RCD is easily identifiable by the Test Button.
We have an RCD installed. Is it working?
Once every three months, use the test button on the RCD to see if it is working. This should turn off the appliances connected to the powerpoints (and possibly lighting) the RCD runs through.
We want to install an RCD
Call a registered licensed electrician to install an RCD. Regulations today require domestic installations to have at least two RCD's. Most RCD installations are done at the same time the entire swichboard is upgraded. For a FREE quote, call us on 0431 232 796. To check our prices go to our electrical services page.
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