IntroductionWe own and use numerous electrical gadgets in our daily life like electric iron, geysers, microwaves, mixers, grinders etc. It is common for us to come across the situation when some of the gadgets won't power on and its time to ring up the service center. But let us wait for some time and try to analyze what has gone wrong. It may be some minor fault which is self-repairable and knee-jerk reaction of immediately calling up the service center or technicians may prove counterproductive and a waste of money at times. Off course, everybody is short of time to do all this stuff but sometimes effort invested on such troubleshooting can actually save more time if, for example, you have to take the product to the service center which is quite far away from your residence.
Here I will list down few common troubleshooting steps which one should follow in case your electric gadget is not powering up before deciding whether a gadget really requires a technician intervention. In this article, I am covering only the case of gadgets not powering up and not other kinds of faults. Again let me be very clear, these steps are very basic and do not require much technical knowledge and many of you might be already following some of the steps. But the intent here is to list down all possible things that can be checked by us.
Troubleshooting steps to be followed
ConclusionIn case a problem is detected in any of the above steps, then your efforts has gained best results by saving your time and money to get your gadget repaired. But when even after following all the above steps gadget does not power up then there is some major problem inside the gadgets and there is a possibility that some parts and components like condensers, transformers, coils, PCB, motor etc has burnt out. In this case, you should always call up the service center to get the problem rectified. Never try to open the gadget and try to check an internal problem yourself, if you do not have enough technical knowledge as you may be messing up further with the problem.
Very basic but important steps in finding the faults when gadgets do not turn on. It is always better to see the preliminaries before calling the mechanic.
Sometimes there is a mains glow bulb or LED in front of the gadget and if that is not glowing we can infer that somehow power is not reaching the gadget.
I remember one incident when water purifier was not working but actually the point from where inlet water connection comes to the purifier was choked with sand or water calcium.
Similarly there are many observations which help us in resolving the problems easily.
A good practical article for housewives and people at home to refer to when something does not work.
Sometimes, when the power trips and comes back, 2 pins work and 3 pins do not work, please check the main power console for your house to locate the circuit breaker.
The wire being cut is common with iron boxes as they are encased and often there can be wear and tear at the acute angles in the stiff wires. Please check this after removing the plug from the mains.
I have had an issue with the plugin extension cord that powers our printer, computer, and laptop charger.As the author has stated, the fuse would have gone, you can replace these easily as you get these fuses in packs of 2 or 4.
When you are handling geysers, better seek professional help as meddling with the circuits on your own standing on wet floors would be risky.
Many of current slimline tube lights are so fragile that a couple of times we had a wire coming off the square box like the connector to which a thin naked wire is screwed into.
Sometimes when three pins are not working, I've seen people using a two pin adapter to run small mixers and grinders, this also trips the power and we need to set the main circuit breaker once more before the gadgets start working.
The tips given in this article are the basic checks one can do when an electrical appliance is not functioning. However as most of present day appliances are having electronics for control and regulation, if the points given above do not locate or solve the issues, then it means some minor or major component is affected. That may need checking by a technician.
Another important cause can be tripping due to overload. However many appliances have now the overload trip indicator and the same can be found out from the manual. Appliance specific issues are usually given in the user manual supplied by the manufacturer.
An important caution: Do not meddle wit any electrical appliance when the connection is ON. Before doing any such checks, disconnect the appliance plug from the electrical circuit. Some appliances retain current for sometime. Hence it is better to wait for a little while even after disconnecting.
It is always better to ask a qualified and experienced electrician or technician to check electrical appliances.