A broken neutral is a relatively common but potentially life-threatening electrical fault that can affect households and businesses.
Power flows in and out of customers' premises from the Aurora distribution network, entering via the active cable and leaving via the neutral cable. Customers also have within their premises an earth connection. If there is a break in the neutral return path, electricity can still exit the premises via the customer’s earth connection. If there are problems with the neutral and earth, electricity may then travel by a different path. This may be via water pipes, stoves and metal taps or any other conductor of electricity. This situation can be very dangerous and customers may suffer serious electric shocks if they touch something where electricity is present.
Signs of danger
Broken neutrals can be difficult to detect and in some instances may not be easily identified. Sometimes broken neutrals can be indicated by flickering lights or tingling taps. If you have flickering lights or tingly taps in your home, you may be at risk of serious injury or even death. Don't risk it – contact Aurora on 13 2004.