Faulty storage heater socket? (ed.)

18 Jan 2021
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Today I changed an old storage heater switch for a normal single socket. All seemed to go well.

I plugged in my 1250W Haverland heater to it and it went on fine and started heating up.

After 20-30 minutes I went though to check on the heater and saw that it was off. I plugged into another socket and it worked fine.

I’ve taken the socket off, checked the wiring is secure. Checked the circuit breaker at the panel, everything seems fine on the surface, but no power from the socket. I even went and bought a second socket to make sure the first wasn’t faulty but it too wouldn’t work when fitted.

Anyone got any ideas as to where I’ve gone wrong? Might I need a new circuit breaker?
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The fact that it is a "storage heater" circuit suggests that it is on a separate, timed supply to your "normal" sockets. Off-peak power for storage heaters and the like is normally ON between (roughly) 23:00 and 06:00 hours, but sometimes the older, mechanical timeclocks can go wrong and do the switching at odd times. It's worth checking this out first.

I would also suggest you ask the Mods to move this thread to Electrics UK where it will get more views, and thus more potential replies.

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