How to change an electric fuse

by Donny on January 10, 2011

The black part of the fuse indicates it's time for it to be changed

The other day, I threw some food into the microwave, and about a minute later, the microwave turned off without warming my food up enough. The power went out because something had blown a fuse.

I wasn’t running anything else other than the microwave, so I figured it would be no big deal if I found the fuse switch and turned it back on.

Once I did that, I started where I left off with the food in the microwave.

I then attempted to warm the food up for the necessary remaining time, but it turned into a failed attempt.

The fuse blew again.

The fuse was obviously extremely weak, and therefore was time for a new one, but I first had to do some research in order to find out how this is done.

Here’s what I discovered:

  • Take a flashlight and go to the fuse box.
  • Search for the blown fuse. You’ll know it when you see it because it will be darker or scorched inside. The medal bar inside the glass might even be broken.
  • Once you find the blown fuse, unscrew it in a counter-clockwise direction to remove it.
  • Replace it with an identical, but new one, but be careful not to make it too tight when installing it.

If you do all these steps, and your fuse continues to not work, call a professional electrician.

Changing fuse is just one thing that you can do to get more out of your electricity.

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