Can I replace a fuse in my consumer unit?
To change a fuse in the consumer unit, firstly switch off the main switch on the consumer unit to cut off the supply. If you do not know which fuse has blown then remove each one in turn and inspect the fuse wire inside. If the fuse wire is broken then it requires replacement.
Are cartridge fuses safe?
Warning. When replacing a cartridge fuse, the new fuse must be the same type as the old one and have the same amperage and voltage ratings. This is critical for safety, as an improper fuse can pose a serious fire or shock hazard.
What is a cartridge fuse used for?
Cartridge fuse is a fast type of safety device that is used to protect cables, power lines, and equipment against overloads and short circuits in electrical systems. The main function of a cartridge fuse is to protect systems and human life.
What is the BS number for a cartridge fuse?
BS 1361 is the British Standard number for HRC cartridge fuses in household consumer units and similar applications.
Can you change consumer unit without rewire?
Yes, as all the circuits will be tested, new & old.
How do you tell if a cartridge fuse is blown?
Use a multimeter to measure the resistance of cartridge fuses. Cartridge fuses look like shot-gun shells; you can test whether a cartridge fuse is blown by touching both ends of a multimeter to each end of the cartridge fuse. Low resistance is good; high resistance indicates the fuse is blown.
How do cartridge fuses work?
How do cartridge fuses work? Cartridge fuses contain a piece of wire that melts when too much current flows through the circuit. When the wire melts, it breaks the circuit which prevents any damage. This is often referred to as burning out or blowing out.
How do you pull a cartridge fuse?
Hold the fuse with the puller clamp in the middle of the fuse and gently push it into the clamps that hold it. You want to ensure that the copper clamps are contacting the copper ends of the cartridge fuse.
How do you remove a cartridge fuse?
How to replace a cartridge fuse
- Buy a cartridge fuse tester so you can check which cartridge is broken.
- Turn off the main fuse in the fuse box.
- Gently remove one of the cartridges.
- Test the fuse in the cartridge fuse tester.
How do you change a fuse on a consumer unit?
To change a fuse in the consumer unit, firstly switch off the main switch on the consumer unit to cut off the supply. Make sure the consumer unit has fuses inside.
What do you need to know about MCB fuses?
When purchasing new or replacement MCBs, make sure they are Type B class and manufactured to British Standard BSEN 60898. These look like larger versions of 13amp plug fuses, varying in size and colour�according to their rating. These fuses fit into spring clips mounted on a carrier which is then slotted into the consumer unit.
How do you prise out a fuse on a diynot?
The fuses are usually held clamped in place by the surrounding plug and can be prised out using a screwdriver. Some fuse cartridge carriers are held together with a screw that must be removed to gain access to the fuse.
What kind of Fuse do you use for a heater?
Whatever era your consumer unit is from, you should use fuses for each circuit as follows: Use a 5amp fuse or 6amp MCB for lighting circuits Use a 15amp fuse or 16amp MCB for immersion and storage heater circuits Use a 20amp fuse or MCB for small radial circuits up to 20m