I have an old but virtually unused AEG cooker. When a ring or oven/grill is switched on the RCD trips after about half a minute. Even if the ring is turned off it will not then reset. After a couple of hours however the cooker works for 30 seconds, then trips off. Checks with a multimeter reveal no obvious anomalies.
Sounds like an element fault, probably registering through the neutral to the elements. Multi-meter as useful as a chocolate tea pot. You need insulation tester to show fault up. Sounds like a job for an electrician not recomended for the DIY.
#143841 - 09/15/0504:03 PMRe: UK cooker/RCD problem
An interesting problem this. In NZ and Australia the wiring regs exempt cookers and ranges from requiring RCD protection, and I have always assumed that the reasoning for this is that cooker elements have a naturally high earth leakage current. This makes some sense, as elements constructed with a conductive core and sheath separated by mineral insulation which seems like a good recipe for high leakage. Can agaricus bisporus advise us is the RCD required by code? If not, then the best bet may well be to remove it.
Mark aka Paulus
#143843 - 09/15/0508:17 PMRe: UK cooker/RCD problem
Thanks for the replies everyone. Can't see it as a result of thermal changes in the general fabric of the cooker as it seems to happen within the same timespan regardless of whatever unit is energised.
No regs require an RCD, just seems prudent - and no, I'm not a professional electrician and I won't risk aq dodgy cooker if the RCD says it doesn't like it. Sad thing is my gut feeling is there's nothing wrong with the cooker and the RCD is being overly sensitive. Don't want to trash a good cooker for that reason.
Additionally I now use on the same circuit, a Baby Belling that used to fire the RCD in my parent's house but works as good as gold next to this damn AEG cooker...
Ain't no continuity here..!
#143844 - 09/16/0503:25 AMRe: UK cooker/RCD problem
AB this is why you need a sparky! He will have all the right equipment to test both the RcD and the cooker. Very sensible not to remove the RCD until you have proof that its faulty. Please! get them checked out.
#143845 - 09/16/0501:41 PMRe: UK cooker/RCD problem