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Power failure! Behave right now

The children are sitting in front of the television, dinner is simmering on the stove, the mother takes a quick tour with the vacuum cleaner and the washing machine is running in the bathroom. And suddenly: silence and darkness. The power went out. What to do?

The first and most important: keep calm. A look out of the window shows whether the problem lies within your four walls or whether it is a major power outage. So if you can still see lights near the neighbors, get yourself a flashlight, a candle or your cell phone. Every mobile device today has a flashlight function. Briefly go through all the devices connected to the power supply and remove particularly sensitive devices from the power supply, which could be dangerous or overused if they were quickly restored to the power supply. This includes computers and laptops but also a food processor or mixer. You should also switch off hotplates, ovens and the like that are switched on. Only then can you get an overview of the distribution box, which you will hopefully know where it is.

Get started on troubleshooting

First check the FI switch, it will almost certainly have fallen. Next, turn off all the fuses one by one. Don't worry, nothing can happen to you. Once you've done that, flip the FI switch again. This should now - provided it is not defective itself - hold again. As soon as the FI is back in, start over and switch on one fuse after the other. With the first backup that pops out again, you have come a big step closer to the source of the error. Then look in the legend, which is usually on the door of the fuse box, to see which circuit the defective fuse belongs to. Now go into this room and check which devices are currently connected to the circuit. Unplug the devices one after the other and plug them in again. In this way you can easily find out which device or which connection is to blame for the power failure. Then remove it from the mains and switch the fuse on again. Now there shouldn't be any more problems. You should dispose of the device in question or have it repaired.

Common causes of a power failure

In most cases, a power failure is triggered by a single device. According to professionals and their many years of experience, old electrical appliances, mostly kitchen appliances, are typical. If the current drops immediately after switching on, there is almost certainly a defect in this device or its power supply.

Household appliances that generate heat, such as washing machines, dryers or even dishwashers - electrical appliances that have built-in heating, are also often to blame for mini blackouts in the home. In addition to defects that these devices can have, the cause is often also a lot of calcification from hard water.

Emergency service often superfluous

For many of us, the first reaction to a power failure is to call 911. However, if you follow the instructions below, you won't need to call. Most power failures can be resolved quickly and easily yourself. And that might also save you a lot of money. Because - as we all know - unforeseen things like a power failure usually happen in the evening, on the weekend or on a public holiday. At least outside of normal business hours. And that wants to be paid for. An electrical technician on standby can sometimes cost you twice as much as a conventional work assignment.


The e-brand partners offer 24 hour emergency service for electrical problems. In an emergency, it is essential to contact a certified partner!

Unfortunately, people's desperation is also often exploited in such a situation. And so there are always fraudsters who have discovered a lucrative business area for themselves. With so-called emergency numbers from the network you can reach companies that are more or less unrelated to the industry, who then not only replace the defective fuse for those affected, but also change the entire FI switch, which of course is associated with decent, in many cases unnecessary additional costs.

What if the electricity starts flowing again?

Depending on how long the failure lasted, there are also a few rules of conduct when the electricity flows again. The light is on again, the radio is on - the electricity is back. At last! Now it's time to take another tour. Are all devices that pose a risk really switched off? Stovetops that are switched on or a hot iron can become a problem in minutes.

Once the power is back, do not turn all devices back on at once. It is better to wait a few minutes so as not to overload the network and only switch on what is really necessary.

Check the household appliances such as refrigerator, freezer and heater for functionality. If, after the power failure, you notice that your heating is no longer working, do not start to lend a hand, but rather have a specialist come. Especially with gas heating and thermal baths, the professional should be called.

Key facts at a glance

  • Always keep calm in the event of a power failure!
  • Only consult emergency services in a real emergency, as deployment is very expensive
  • Beware of scammers!
  • Switch off dangerous devices or disconnect them from the mains
  • Go to troubleshooting: switch off circuits individually, switch on FI switch, switch on fuses again individually
  • Consult a specialist if the FI switch is defective