An electrician’s advice on how to change a fuse in a UK plug

Written by Andres Bryant. Posted in Home

Your appliance has stopped working, so you have switched them off right away. Most likely, you have blown plug fuse. It is normal for plugs to be damaged by use and everyone in the UK experiences electrical problems. What you need to do is check the electrical system and see if the problem is a serious one. The glass window is blackened? If yes, the fuse in the plug is blown and you have no choice but to have the fuse plug changed. Electrical faults should always be handled by a professional electrician. Yet, if you want to prevent an electrical power fire, you can proceed to change the fuse in the plug yourself. It is not difficult to change a fuse in a UK plug. This is how to solve your electrical problem. If you have any doubts, call a professional immediately.   

What you need to change a fuse in a UK plug

  • A flat headed screwdriver
  • The correct fuse
  • Patience

Get a replacement fuse

Got to the hardware store and purchase a replacement fuse. You will see that there are many types of fuses available. Fuses are rated based on the power rating of the appliance. Therefore, if you have blown a fuse, it is important that you get one of the same type. UK plugs are fitted with 3A for appliances up to 700W and 13A for appliances over 1200W. 5A fuses are also available to buy, but they are used only with older appliances. The one thing you should never do is assume that the fuse in the socket is the correct rating.

Changing a fuse in a UK plug

The most important thing to do is to find the main fuse box and turn off the home’s electricity. Once you have done this, you can proceed to changing the fuse. Remove the top of the plug by undoing the large central screw on the bottom of the plug, using only the tip of the screwdriver. Next, unscrew the blown fuse in an anti-clockwise direction and the plug will come apart in a matter of minutes. The safety device is located next to the right pin of the plug, being clamped into 2 metal holders. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that you do not need to remove all the screws, just the ones holding the fuse. If the fuse is stuck, use a set of pliers. Last but not least, Insert the fuse replacement with the correct amperage and screw tightly.  You will know when it is tight enough when there is no movement from the metal pins. Voila! Your appliances are working again. If the fuse blows again right away, there is a problem with the electricity system. When the electrical equipment is to blame, it is a good idea to have an electrical safety inspection performed. Before that, you need to switch off the power and remove the plug. And do not let anyone use the appliance because they are dangerous.
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