FEA warns of tripping RCDs when kitchens restart

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FEA has warned of circuit-breaking issues in catering equipment that is restarted after mothballing.

Industry association FEA says some members are reporting that there are occasional nuisance tripping issues associated with equipment that is connected to an RCD (residual current device), as electrical appliances in commercial kitchens are being tested after mothballing.

RCDs switch off the electric supply automatically if there is a fault, giving enhanced levels of safety compared to standard fuses and circuit breakers.

It seems that the nuisance tripping may be caused by slight moisture build up during an extended period of inactivity, causing the RCD to activate.

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Nick Oryino, FEA technical consultant commented: “This issue has been highlighted as operators start to try to reopen.

“Unfortunately, it’s not something that staff can easily deal with – if the tripping occurs, for safety’s sake you really need to call an engineer in to investigate it before trying to use the appliance.”

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