When an appliance stops working, especially an important one, like a fridge, it’s important not to panic. It helps to try to troubleshoot the problem yourself before you call an electrician out. It’s often a simple problem that you can fix yourself.

We’ve put together some troubleshooting pointers to see if you can isolate the problem yourself, saving you money on calling out an electrician to fix the problem:

  1. Sounds obvious, but check the plugs and cord hasn’t been tripped over and pulled out accidentally. Someone may have switched if off accidentally. Sometimes the obvious answers are overlooked!
  2. Make sure the appliance is not plugged in to an overloaded multi-board within your fuse box. Many 4(or more)-way adaptors will have switches, disabling them if they’re carrying too much load. Unplug a couple of things, look for a switch or button on your multi-board and see if your appliance will now work.
  3. Check your fuse box. If your appliance won’t work, it’s plugged in and isn’t overloaded, try plugging it into a power point in a different part of the home, you may need an extension cord. If it works in this new area, then it’s likely that you’ve simply blown a fuse. Locate your fuse box and look for the fuse that covers the room that your appliance is in.
  4. Check your socket. If the fuse is not blown, check the socket itself for melting or burn marks that could indicate a malfunction or faulty wiring. If this is the case it turn off the fuse to that area of the house and call an electrician.
  5. Check your appliance. If it still isn’t working then the problem may lie in the appliance itself. Try plugging something else into the same socket.