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Returned from a 2 week holiday today to find one of our circuits in the house not working, and the freezer defrosted.
This is the second time the circuit has failed, in about a month. The slightly strange bit is that the switch on the circuit breaker hasn't flipped either time, but flipping it manually then back has it all working again.
It's the one breaker in the fuse box with a test button on it, so I'm wondering whether that button has developed a fault.

Possible to buy these? Cheap and therefore with a try? Or should I leave well alone and get the ring professionally tested?
 

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That's a usefully upside down picture of the blurb on the cover about the breaker in question. Here's the breakers.
 

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Although it is possible the breaker has failed (or rather it's failing) it is far more likely there is a fault on the circuit. By all means replace the breaker as the cheapest option but do be ready to accept that was a waste of time and money.

I would recommend getting a sparky in to test the circuit and what's connected to it to give you a definitive answer. Just get a fixed price mate.

And yes, I am an electrician 👍

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Cheers Mitch. With only two failures in a month, I wondered whether that suggested the usual cause - a fault or short in a device on that circuit - seemed less likely.
But with your expert advice, I will go straight down the professional route.
 

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Well, for all I know, it only failed an hour before we got home.
 

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Electrician pretty sure it's because of the lantern type light on the front of the garage. The wiring to it is a little perished, and it's also lose on the wall - hanging forward a bit and possibly letting rain into the wiring.

He's also spotted that the wiring in the garage isn't to code. light fittings (one strip light, one security) wired directly into the same circuit as sockets.

Given we want to sell the house shortly, and that would probably be a finding on a survey, I'm having him sort that as well. £160 altogether which seems OK.
 

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Sounds fair to me too 👍 glad he found the fault

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Cheers for the help Mitch.
 

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To be honest, without him telling me, I wouldn't have known it was wrong.
 
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