How to Change a Fuse and Plug

If an appliance stops working, it can be frustrating to say the least. Not only do you have the faff of the item you need not working, but in your head, you’re imagining the cost of either a replacement or an electrician to repair the damage.

Before you start ringing round or head to Amazon for the replacement, consider checking the plug and fuse first. Read on below for our expert guidance on changing fuses and plugs:

Essential Advice for Before you start

** Always switch off and unplug the item/s before doing anything with them.

** Always ensure you’re using the right sized fuse for the item (calculate it here or replace like with like if the fuse is still inside the plug)

** Don’t use a plug that doesn’t have a BSI Kitemark.

** Don’t attempt any major electrical repairs or rewiring by yourself. If you’re a Stoke-on-Trent City Council resident, this could breach your tenancy, as well as being extremely dangerous.

 

Changing the fuse

Follow the steps below to change the fuse:

  1. If the plug has a fuse cover, use a flathead screwdriver to pop it off. Alternatively, you’ll need to unscrew the cover of the plug to remove the fuse.
  2. Lift out the old fuse
  3. Put in the new fuse. Remember, as above, to either replace like for like, in terms of the amp-size, or calculate what you need.
  4. Either replace the fuse cover or screw the plug cover back on.
  5. This should resolve the problem. However, if the fuse blows again immediately, you will need to call out an electrician or report the issue to our Repairs Team

Changing the Plug

Changing a plug sounds like a complicated or difficult task, but the simple steps below will help you do it quickly and safely:

 

  1. Remembering to follow the safety guidelines above, remove the old plug by either cutting it off or unscrewing the plug cover and removing the wires (TOP TIP: if you’re removing the wires from the plug, take a quick photo to guide you when you come to put the new plug back on – this is especially useful if you’re a novice and haven’t done this before).
  2. If you’ve cut the plug off, you’ll have to prepare the wires before you can do anything else:
    1. Hold the flex against the plug to work out how much of the sheath you’ll need to strip away. The flex clamp on the plug will have to grip the sheath, not the core wires. When you’ve worked out how much, strip it away carefully ensuring you don’t damage the core wires.
    2. Cut the core wires to length, making the life core the shortest and the earth core the longest.
    3. Then use wire strippers to take about 10mm off the insulation of each wire to reveal the copper and twist those wires to make it easy for them to fit.
  3. If you didn’t cut the plug off, you may not have to do any of these steps, but just check that the copper wires are twisted neatly.
  4. Feed the flex underneath the flex clamp and into the new plug.
  5. Connect the brown (LIVE) wire to the L terminal by feeding the exposed copper under the terminal screw and use a small flathead screwdriver to tighten the screw and fix it into place.
  6. Then do the same with the blue (NEUTRAL) and the yellow and green (EARTH) terminals respectively.
  7. When doing the steps above, make sure that there is no exposed copper wire and that the core wires’ insulation goes right up to the terminal screw.
  8. Tighten the flex clamp, ensuring that it’s gripping the outer sheath and not the core wires.
  9. Screw the plug cover back into place, ensuring that it fits properly the whole way around.
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