Equipment can malfunction for many different reasons. Mechanical contacts and parts can wear out; wires can overheat and burn open or short out; parts might be damaged by impact or abrasion; etc. Equipment may operate in a way far different than it was designed to, or not work at all.

Typically, when equipment fails there exists a sense of urgency to have it fixed and operational again. If the defective equipment is a part of an assembly line, the entire assembly line could be down causing unexpected “time off” and lost revenue. If you are at a customers site to repair equipment, the customer may watch you, knowing they are paying for every minute you spend troubleshooting and repairing their equipment. Either one of these scenarios – and there are more, can put plenty of pressure on you to solve the problem quickly.

So, what is troubleshooting? It is practise of analyzing the behavior or operation of a faulty circuit to see what is wrong with the circuit. It then involves identifying the defective component(s) and repairing the circuit.

Depending on the particular equipment, fault finding can be a very challenging task. Sometimes problems are easily diagnosed and the problem component easily visible. Other times the symptoms as well as the faulty component can be difficult to diagnose. A defective relay with visual signs of burning will be easy to identify, whereas an intermittent problem brought on by a high resistance connection can be much more difficult to find.

What makes a specialist Troubleshooter? One trait of expert troubleshooters is they are able to find virtually any fault in a reasonable amount of time. Easy faults, complicated faults, they find them all. Another trait is they typically replace only the components which are defective. They appear to have a knack for finding out exactly what's wrong. No trial and error here. So what is their secret?

You might believe that an individual who has an excellent understanding of how the equipment works, must be able to fault find it effectively. Being good at fault finding requires more than this.

Expert troubleshooters have a good understanding of the operation of electrical components that are used in circuits they are familiar with, and even ones they are not. They use a system or approach that permits them to logically and systematically analyze a circuit and determine exactly what's wrong. Additionally understand and effectively use tools including prints, diagrams and test instruments to locate defective components. Finally, they have had the chance to develop and refine their troubleshooting skills. If you ever wish to troubleshoot like the pros you will require to develop your skills in each of these areas.

You will need to be able to determine how the circuit works under normal conditions and what effect changing one of the circuit inputs has on the circuit operation. For instance, what happens to the overall circuit operation when a push button is pressed; which relays energy, which lights illuminate, does the pump start or stop, etc. You also need to be able to work out what effect a faulty component could have on the circuit operation.

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Author's Bio: 

I have been heavily involved in the property business for over twenty years. My work ranges from gardening, electrics and diy. Gasically I can turn my hand to pretty much anything.