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Topic - Advice on electrical fault?

JJL - on 06 Jun 2013
Hi

Looking for some knowledgeable advice please?

Moved a fridge freezer (old one). On reconnect, it now trips the tripswitch. It does this even when the socket that I push the plug into is OFF.

Pushing the plug in slowly I find that the switch gets tripped as soon as the earth pin goes in (long pin).

I have opened the plug - nothing wrong in there.

So is the problem with the fridgefreezer or with the house electrics? And what should I do in either event?

Needless to say I'm an electrical numpty - but I thought that the earth was used to earth away from the appliance in the event that a live cable worked loose?

Thanks

J


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