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  • How to: Replace Fuses

    Are you looking for simple guide on how to replace a blown fuse in your fuse box? Well, here are a few basic tips that will help you carry out this process without seeking the services of a profession. Replacing fuses takes a few minutes and you do not have to spend hundreds of pounds to electricians. Learning to fix fuses on your own will make you a sufficient homeowner.

    Fuses blow up after a short period of time due to regular usage and age. Fuses are important in our homes since they regulate electricity flow throughout the house. They prevent an overload on the circuit so that all the electrical appliances run at their rated electric levels. Blowing of fuses is common and you must always expect them to happen. As a result, you need to keep extra fuses in your house to cater for emergencies that come knocking. Below are the steps that will guide you on how to replace your fuse.

    Locate the electric circuit box

    Many people do not actually know the positioning of the electric circuit box in their homes. Some homes have it in the kitchen, small cupboards, under stairs while others have it in the master bedroom. At times, you might search you whole house never to find it all. Don't be surprised to find it in the garage if your house was built with one attached. There is no specific place to find your electric circuit box but once you do locate it it best to make a mental note where it is.

    Cut off power supply

    All the lights and appliances receiving power from the fuse should be turned off completely before turning off the main power supply. Most of the new houses have the main power being controlled by two boxes in the cartridge fuse, usually larger cartridges than the rest with red switches. All the handles of the cartridge box should be pulled down one after another to turn off the main power supply. Older houses have only one lever that is pulled downwards to turn the main power off.

    Replace the fuse

    Turning off the power supply does not provide you the opportunity to quickly change the fuse. Before replacing the fuse you should confirm whether your new fuse has the same rating to the blown one. The two must be the same amperage for proper functionality and durability. You will be required to unscrew the fuse by turning the screw that holds it in counter clockwise in order to remove the fuse from the box. It will quickly loosen from its box through this procedure. After removing the blown out fuse, the new fuse can then be fixed in the empty fuse box. You can appropriately fix it by screwing it in a clockwise manner until it locks itself into position. Now simply replace the cartridge with the new fuse, back in to the same position it came out of the fusebox. After the replacement, you should close the fuse box and turn on the main power switch. You can test the functionality of your fuse by turning on your lights and equipments in the affected rooms. With correct fixing, all your power outlets will regain their normal functioning capabilities.

    We all understand how electricity is dangerous. While handling the replacement, you have to put in mind the precautionary measures that will protect you from electric dangers.

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 29th October 2013.

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