RCD Switch vs Circuit Breaker

Difference Between a Circuit Breaker and an RCD Switch?

The difference between a circuit breaker and an RCD switch is the purpose of a circuit breaker is to protect the electrical systems and wiring in a home while the purpose of an RCD switch is to protect people from electrocution.

What Does an RCD Switch Do?

The RCD switch is used to monitor electricity flow through a circuit. It is also used to detect imbalances in the neutral and live wires. The imbalances occur if the current travels through something else, such as a person. So, the RCD switch switches off the supply of electricity to that circuit to reduce the risk of electrocution.

Related read: Working Mechanism and Different Types of RCD

What Does a Circuit Breaker Do?

A circuit breaker is mostly used to protect electrical circuits in homes. If the circuit breaker detects overload, short circuit, or high current fault, it activates to cut the power. If you plug in several electrical appliances to one power point, it can cause overload.

What Are the Benefits of Using RCD Switch?

Prevent Electrocution

The main purpose of an RCD switch is to protect lives from electric shock. If you are using a faulty electrical appliance and you touch the appliance, the electrical current can travel through you to earth. This can cause serious injuries or even death. Therefore, the RCD switch cuts the electrical current to prevent electrocution.

Peace of Mind

Your family can accidentally touch wiring and power points on the circuit. Installing an RCD switch in your home can help protect your family from electric shocks. However, your family still needs to be careful when using electrical appliances, switches, and power points. You will have peace of mind since you know your family is safe.

Also read: Why Does My RCD Switch Keeps Tripping?

It is now important to install an RCD switch on every circuit, including a hot water unit, oven, air conditioning, lights, and more, to protect you and your family from electric shocks. It is safer to hire an electrician to install an RCD switch. So, if you want to install an RCD switch in your house, then contact Powerlec today.

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Craig Woods

Established in 1998, by Craig Woods, Powerlec has been a premier provider of electrical services for over 20 years. Growing with the market we established a presence not only in Perth but also in the Southwest with offices in Jandakot and Busselton.