There are actually a lot of ways on how an equipment will not work properly. There are a number of reasons like parts that are damaged due to abrasion or impact, wires that are overheating and shorting out or burning open, or mechanical parts and contacts that are wearing out. When these are happening, the equipment may be operating in a strange manner or may not operate at all.
Normally, when there is a malfunction in an equipment, you would always look for ways to get it fixed and function properly. If the equipment that is malfunctioning is part of an assembly line, the whole line would be down and would cause and unexpected time-off and would lose a lot of revenue. The client that will hire the service of a repair specialist will always be observing every move of the person doing the repairs since he or she will be paying that person for the time that was spent on doing the repairs of the equipment that is not functioning properly. This will always add a lot of pressure to the person that is doing the repairs of the equipments that are not functioning.
So do you really know what troubleshooting is? Troubleshooting is the method on determining the operation or behavior of a circuit that is faulty in order to know what is wrong with it. It also involves knowing what component or components are defective and how to repair the circuit. Troubleshooting can be a really hard task depending on the equipment that will need some repairs. There are instances that the faulty components can be easily identified and the issues can be easily determined. But there are also times that the faulty components and the problem can be really hard to identify. There are some issues that can be spotted easily like a faulty relay that shows signs of burning, while cases where an isolated problem that is caused by a connection with high resistance can be really hard to identify.
How can you tell if a person is a troubleshooting expert? One quality of an expert troubleshooting is to easily determine the problem in a component in short period of time. These experts can easily identify both complicated or simple problems in a component. One more quality of an expert troubleshooter is to replace only the components that are having some problems. These experts appear to have the ability to know what is really faulty in a component. They will not need some trial and error. So do you want to know their secret?
There are some people that would think if they know all the functions of a certain equipment, they would automatically know how to perform a needed troubleshooting. If you want to be an expert in troubleshooting, you will need more than this.
You will know if a person is an expert troubleshooter if he or she is aware of all the functions of an electrical component that is using a familiar or even an unfamiliar circuit. An expert troubleshooter will use ways and methods in analyzing a circuit systematically or logically in order to identify the problem with it. An expert troubleshooter is also aware of the different tools that he or she will be using in order to know what the problem is. Finally, these expert troubleshooters have had the chance to refine and develop their skills in troubleshooting.