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How to Repair a Tripped Fuse

How to Repair a Tripped Fuse

Locating the root of the problem is largely a process of elimination and something you can do yourself. Here we’ll talk you through how to work out why your electric keeps tripping and how to repair a tripped fuse.

Fuses may just look like little pieces of wire, but they are incredibly important safety components, used in all electrical circuits. The purpose of a fuse is to blow and break a circuit (preventing the flow of electric) if a current is too high and deemed unsafe. Fuses protect electrical appliances from being damaged beyond repair and can even prevent electrical fires in your home. We told you, they’re pretty important little pieces of wire!

There are several different types of fuses and you’ll likely use most of them somewhere in your home. Some fuses are found inside electrical appliances or their plugs. Others are found in the form of an electric breaker (i.e., fuse switch) or RCD (RCD meaning residual current device – an important safety switch that prevents electrocution and electrical fires).

Sockets not working? Have lights gone out? You’ve likely tripped a fuse switch. The easiest way to tell is by locating your fuse box and seeing if any of the electric breaker switches have flipped downwards. If they have, you have either overloaded a circuit with too many electrical appliances or one of those electrical appliances is faulty. Before you flip the switch and turn your power back on, you need to work out what’s causing the problem.

Electrical circuits are only designed to handle a certain amount of electricity and every light you switch on or appliance you use will add to its load. If you overload them with too many devices, they will draw more electricity than they can manage, and a fuse switch will blow.

If your fuse switch has tripped after you’ve been using a lot of appliances in one room, you’ve likely overloaded the circuit.

While we’re on the topic of overloaded circuits, it’s worth mentioning that extension leads are often the source of the problem. Even though they have multiple sockets to use, it doesn’t mean you should use all of them at one time. Doing so may be the reason your electric keeps tripping.

If you can’t seem to work out why your fuse switches keep tripping or it’s happening all of the time, there could be a problem with the wiring in the fuse box. Like we said before, faulty electrics can be dangerous and even with safety measures like RCD switches in place, it’s not worth risking your safety. Rather than looking into the problem yourself, we recommend getting in touch with a qualified electrician from Optical Facilities who will know what they’re looking for and be able to fix the problem on your behalf.

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