Most Common Electrical Fence Problems

Posted by: Carlo Rosales on 10 Jan 2017 | 0 comments

Electric fences are designed to keep livestock in and trespassers out, but sometimes they can malfunction. Here at Direct Trades Supply, our electric fencing supplies are designed to offer the best performance possible. Read our guide to common electric fence problems and how to solve them.

Bad Connections

The wiring of an electrical fence needs to be 100% perfect, otherwise, it will fail to work completely, or the current may not be at the correct level. If you are using the electric fence to keep livestock in then they might escape in this situation. And if you are using the electric fence to keep people out, then they may be able to scale the fence without getting an electric shock. If this is the case, then you will need to have the fence replaced with one that is properly wired and can work at maximum capacity all of the time. Our fences are designed with quality connections that will not short-circuit.


Induction is another common problem with electrical fences. This is when you touch a metal gate or post next to the fence and you accidentally give yourself an electric shock in the process. This happens because the metal is not grounded properly. In order to prevent this problem from repeatedly occurring, you need to make sure that the non-electric gates are grounded in order to safely conduct the flow of electricity.


As discussed previously in the article, one of the most important functions of an electric fence is to keep livestock contained within a certain field or a particular expanse of land. Animals such as cows and sheep are strong enough to cause damage to the electric fence – this structural damage could cost a lot of money to repair, depending on how serious it is. The current is designed not to be strong enough to kill animals, but some smaller animals such as geese or chickens could be seriously injured if they happen to collide with the charged fence.

Animals can be trained in order to be aware of the electric fence. The animals need positive reinforcement when they successfully navigate away from the fence, and they will learn the consequences when they walk or run into the fence and receive a shock in the process. This will teach them to steer clear – the process can take a while, so you will definitely need to have some patience. 

Inadequate Fence Charger

The fence charger is the device which provides the structure with an electrical current. This needs to be at the right level, otherwise the fence will not be able to do its job properly. Most animals can be deterred by a current of 3000-5000 volts. Lower than this and the animals will not be deterred by the fence; any higher than this and then they are in serious danger of being injured or killed. Make sure that the fence charger is up to the task.

If you need a new electric fence, contact us now!

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