When we returned from holidays the air con circuit had tripped. Also on that circuit is the four socket computer power point, and the computer was the first thing I turned on, rather than the air con as we were still hot from airport exertions. Odd, but all seemed ok. A few days later it tripped again. I reset it and all seemed ok. Fingers crossed, just one of those things.
This morning, Sunday, it tripped again and I reset it and it immediately tripped again, and again. What is causing it to trip? I want to watch the disaster happening in London on tv, but our heating is more important.
I isolated it to the air con. There is a separate switch on the air con unit to switch it off, which I did and reset the circuit again and it remained set. I switched on the air con switch and I saw a flash and heard a bang in the evaporation tray. What is that, I hear you not asking.
The air con unit sits in a steel tray. When it makes water, as air con units do, the water goes into the tray. When the water reaches a certain level an element like you would find in an old kettle comes on and steams the water away. This is where the flash came from, somewhere in the tray. There is an electric box attached to the tray where a power cord goes in and could I disconnect the tray electrics from the air con? I repeated as above with R watching and he spotted the flash as in the tray, not in the electric box. It looked like a plug to connect the box, as it had two tabs to pinch before either pulling or twisting the plug. I could not get it to do either. I took the cover off the box and there were wires and it was clear it was not a plug but just a crimping on the entering power cord.
Right, no plug, so I will disconnect the active power wire. My experience with electrical wiring ended in the 1980s, though I did install a couple of power points here, god knows how. What colour is the active wire, as opposed to the negative wire and the earth wire. The earth wire is always green or yellow and green. What a nightmare. The computer wasn't working of course, so I used my tablet to discover that Australia has many standards for wire colouring. So active is no longer red and non active no longer black. Right, brownish grey colour for active in such appliances. There is that wire! I unscrewed the screw on the wire, pulled out the wire and taped over the exposed part of the wire with insulating tape and put the cover back on the box, and turned the switch on and then the circuit breaker and all was well, except the evaporating tray has water in it that will not be steamed off.
We have heating. I changed the problem from an emergency to something we need an electrician for in the near future. The electrician will probably roll his eyes when he finds out what I did, maybe even tell me off, but I don't care. I hope the lovely Damien comes to fix it, he who installed our bedroom ceiling fans, some other electrical work, installed our very heavy oven and marked our new cupboards when his screwdriver slipped. We can't even find the mark now.
The bill from Mother's house rewiring arrived today. The written quote was $9,000. It came in $7,360. He did a first class job; a full house rewire, new power points and light switches, disconnected a dishwasher power point that has not been used for 20 years. The dishwasher stopped working and the door has not been opened for 20 years. Hehe, maybe there are still dishes in there. He replaced three exhaust fans, moved an outside light switch to inside and installed a wired in smoke detector. He moved the bathroom light from a wall to the ceiling. He cleaned up very well. Pakenham, Narre Warren, Berwick electrician Gary Romp. First class.
Though we were reluctant to spend the money, $1840 for each sibling to keep Mother in her home for a while yet is perhaps not money badly spent. $1840 each to keep Mother away from any of us is money well spent.
We then went out for a dim sim or two and coffee at South Melbourne Market and then took the car for a wash, drove to local park and dried it, vacuumed it and cleaned the windows and interior surfaces, and noticed that we had a scrape along the side at the back. Who knows where that happened. Maybe we will get it fixed, maybe not. It is not so noticeable. Scum person who did it. Note to self, always check the car for damage every time you park in a public space. I suspect the Prahran supermarket carpark, with its very tight parking spaces. The rest of Sunday was 'chilling', as the English say, an argument about my family, with roast lamb and vegies for dinner. I hoped to get out and take a couple of photos, but it was not to be.