No, the answer is not to hold onto the electric fence and wait for an incapacitating shock. That would not be the best way of checking for an electric fence fault, even if it may prove effective. No, the best way of checking for an electric fence fault is to get your hands on a 6000v tester, or find someone, like ElectroMesh, who can do the testing for you. If you have an ElectroMesh fence, you will want to contact ElectroMesh to test for faults, but there are a few ways of how to check an electric fence for faults.
Start With The Energizer
The energizer may be the source of all your electric fence problems. If your energizer is connected to electric mains, then there may be a fuse that needs replacing or, more importantly, it may be broken and may have to be taken for repairs. However, if the energizer works yet when checking the voltage from the energizer to live or ground terminals the voltage is low, then you may have to replace the lightning diverter or replace the ground rod. Otherwise your energizer is running perfectly, and this may indicate a problem on the electric fence itself.
Check The Fence
The first part involved in checking your electric fence for faults, especially is you suspect a fault, is to test the lead wires between the energizer and the fence. Use an electric fence tester to determine the validity of the entire fence between the last post and the earth post. If there are signs of a fault then there may be either a faulty lead wire or faulty earth wire. The energizer earth terminal will be able to distinguish which is faulty when tested. If there is a fault then the wire would need to be replaced. Make sure that the earth rod is working too by disconnecting the lead and testing the earth wire. If not working it might just need to be reset in wetter ground, or it can simply be changed if still not working.
By connecting the lead wire to the energizer, but then disconnecting sections of the fence, the individual partitions in the fence can be checked. This is a lengthy process, but you’ll be able to check for specific faults at this stage. You can also see if there is physical weathering on the wires, or if there are points where vegetation or infrastructure is inhibiting the voltage along the fence. Replace partitions if faulty or broken.
And it is as easy as that. Make sure you check your electric fence at least once every month to identify faults that have remained hidden, or test every time you suspect a fault or alarms indicate a fault. If you are looking for electric fence maintenance, or electric fence supplies, then look no further than ElectroMesh. We install the cutting-edge ElectroMesh electrified barrier fence, so give us a call if you require an effective security solution for your property.