Electricity Drama!! How to bypass or switch on/off a ripple relay ?
I am staying at my house on the Vaal this weekend and we had a blackout yesterday and today. After the power came on the geyser failed to warm up. The house has a "Decabit Ripple Relay" fitted to the mains that controls the geyser. You can distinctly hear when it is signalling and switching on and off. Since this morning...nothing.
For some or other reason its switched off and wont switch on by itself. It has a little switch that I can see from the outside of the box and it shows an open circuit symbol next to the switch (is it off?). The position above it shows a closed circuit (is that on?).
If I open the box and toggle the switch to the "on" position will my geyser get hot again?
This house was built in the 80"s and the relay is a Decabit Ripple Controller number RE1.
Any advice appreciated (and yes I did call the local municipal "electricians" but they didn't have a clue what I was talking about and said they would send someone out (which they never did) . The guy answering the phone could barely speak english and I had to repeat my name, adress and the problem about 15 times. The thing is I need hot water for tomorrow and it being Sunday out here in the stix I probably won't get any help and will most likely have to get a private contractor out from JHB (Civilization) ..but that will only probably happen on Monday.