Replacing a Plug Fuse: A DIY Guide

Worried about chucking away perfectly good electronics? Then why not see if all you need to do is replace the plug fuse first?

In this day and age of new and improved gadgets and on-loan furniture, it is easy to forget how not that long ago things were fixed and patched up at home before being instantly thrown out and discarded. So if you are sick of the amount of waste your home produces, or just want to save the money on buying new electrics, why not see how easy it is to replace a plug fuse on a faulty electrical item by yourself with our handy DIY guide?

DIY Plug Fuse Replacement Guide

  1. Firstly, turn of the electricity at the mains or – if you aren’t 100% on how to do that – switch off the electrical outlet and take out the plug of the item you need to check. Turning off the electricity isn’t essential, but it is always good to remind yourself to stay safe when carrying out any kind of electrical repair work.

  2. Second, remove the outer plastic casing (on the side of the plug with the forked prongs that go into the wall) by unscrewing the two screws on either side of the plug. Be ready to catch the screws and put them carefully to one side as you will need these again later on.

  3. Now, you need to identify the fuse – it is a small, cylindrical shaped component that is usually resting underneath a rectangular plastic cover that has holes either end – so the fuse can remain visibly identifiable. Pop out the fuse by pressing on the cover, again using the screwdriver as a lever if necessary.

  4. Now you need to check what the fuse’s amp measurement, or wattage; it needs to be replaced with an identical fuse to ensure the electrical item or equipment stays safe during further use. This means you might have to take a quick trip to the nearest hardware store, but it is an important aspect of changing and replacing a plug fuse.

  5. Once you have the correct fuse, all you need to do is slot it beneath the rectangular cover, replace the casing and screw it back into place – and you are finished! The only thing left to do is test the item and make sure you haven’t disturbed any wires elsewhere on the property – it really is as easy as that!

If you don’t fancy messing around with electronics or lack the right sort of experience, you can always pay a handyman to come round and check and replace the fuse for you. Alternatively, if the replacement fuse doesn’t do the trick, you might need to ring round for a qualified electrician to come and take a look at the socket or outlet and see if they can identify the problem elsewhere. It might involve a bit more work, but if you have tried the fuse it’s likely to be something wrong at the mains – and unless you have training with electrical wiring it is highly recommended that you always opt for a professional to deal with these sorts of things!