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    RCD/ circuit breaker placement

    Electricians

    Hi guys, I am soon to be moving house and I have a small kitchen with a big full length cupboard which houses an RCD. I would like to utilise the cupboard by placing a washing machine or fridge in there and I also believe the RCD needs up dating. Can you tell me if this is possible please, I.e. utilising it for the washing machine or fridge or can i only use it for other storage items.

    Asked by Daphne on 23rd Jan 2021
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    Sparky MD Ltd

    "Hi
    Yes you can do , but you need to consider the access for the fuse box for isolation in case of maintenance and emergency action.
    Thanks"

    Answered on 27th Jan 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Inspire Property Maintenance Limited

    "There is not enough clear info for an answer. The "RCD" in your words can mean many things...especially when you consider "it needs updated"!
    A visit will clear up the confusion."

    Answered on 27th Jan 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Kingdom Electrical Limited

    "Hi you can get the fuseboard updated quite easily and moved to a more convenient position if required.. Depending on where the new position is to be located will make a difference to the cost. You could expect to pay anything between £350/£450.
    Hope this helps"

    Answered on 27th Jan 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    English

    "The red should not be hidden or covered by any appliances etc it must be readily accessible for inspection and testing and of course day to day working"

    Answered on 29th Jan 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    LP Electrical

    "You can use the cupboard for anything as long as the consumer unit ( Fuseboard ) is accessible. There shouldn't be water pipes near the electrics obviously but I cannot imagine that there is an RCD enclosure anywhere near where you would be running pipes for a washing machine. It is hard to be specific to your issue without seeing it."

    Answered on 27th Jan 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Bombardier Electrical

    "Hi
    When you refer to the RCD do you mean the main fuseboard? housing the appliances would all depend on its size and width, electrics can be run to any place. I would get an electrician out to give you some advice and a quote. think this is a question that needs looking at rather then guess work in the form of an online answer."

    Answered on 27th Jan 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Seyit Soner Simsek

    "rcd panels should be at least 3 meters away from wet floors. so a panel behind the washing machine is a very risky situation."

    Answered on 16th Jun 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    DAAS Electric & Plumber and Handyman

    "RCD MEANS RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICE.
    RCD IS PROTECTIVE AND LIFE-SAVING DEVICE. IT'S DESIGNED TO PROTECT YOU FROM ELECTRIC SHOCK. IF YOU TOUCH PHASE {LIVE} CONDUCTOR.
    A CURRENT OF 30MA CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR A PERSON IF IT PERSISTS FORE MORE THAN A FRICTION OF A
    SECOND.
    RCD HAS A SHORT BREAK TIME(RESPONSE SPEED)AND HIGH SENSITIVITY <30mA. THAT IS WHY RCD IS VERY IMPORTANT PART OF AN ELECTRIC INSTATION."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Ct Electrics Limited

    "R.C.D's or r.c.b.o's are mainly used inside consumer units unit/ distribution boards and their generl purpose is to protect both sides of the consumer unit, ie, if a circuit was to trip one of the two r.c.d's would shut down all the breakers on the side of the r.c.d that tripped. This can be very helpful because some power sockets & some lighting would still be able to work, e.g, provide light so you can still see until you reset the r.c.d again."

    Answered on 28th Jan 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report

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