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Oven power supply switch - orange light flickering

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by millym, 9 Aug 2016.

  1. millym

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    Hi
    My oven is directly wired to a power switch. I've just noticed that when the power switch is on ( regardless if the oven is on) the orange light at the top flickers. None of my other power switches ( the washing machine one also wired directly) flicker. I'm sure this is quite new. The oven still works correctly although when I do turn the power switch on it takes a few mins for the oven to start working.
    I used to leave the power on on the oven all the time for the clock but since noticing the flicker I've left it turned off.
    Any help most appreciated - I really need to know if this is a serious fault/ risk of fire etc etc.
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    It's a neon indicator - they flicker when they get old. As such, it's not an electrical fault. There will come a time when the indicator stops indicating though.

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    I'm concerned about the comment that the oven takes a few minutes to start working when the switch is first switched on.
     
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    Indeed. I wonder why we are not seeing such indicator neons being replaced by LEDs. (maybe we are, but I haven't noticed?).

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    Legrand Synergy use LED modules that are ordered separately and fit most of their accessories.

    I have seen other LED mains indicators before, they don't last long, perhaps being killed by spikes on the mains. This is especially true when run from a dropper cap and parallel zener diode. We used to change dozens of the LEDs and diodes in gas proving units at one time.
     
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    I agree. Could be a loose connection, and needs looking at.
     
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    Might explain the flickering?!
     
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    Yes, it might.
     
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    BG also use LEDs in their Nexus range rather than neons.
     
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    Sometimes ovens don't work until you set the clock. Perhaps it's a combination of powering-up the oven and something with the time setting, perhaps advancing to 00:01 that makes it seem something it is not. If there was a knackered connection and you started to draw many kW through it, you'd soon know there's a fault.

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    Thanks very much for all replies very helpful. I need a small extractor fan fixed so I'll get electrician to look @ oven thingy as well.
     
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    Please let us know what the sparky tells you.

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