Does your kettle keep blowing a fuse? Then don’t let it keep you in the dark. Take a look at the 4 tips in this article that will help you to fix it.
If your kettle keeps blowing a fuse do this
- Do not overload the circuit
- Swap to a different electrical outlet
- Allow the base to dry out overnight
- Replace the kettle
As you can see from this list, fixing your kettle is quick and easy. Are you ready to get started? Then let’s have a closer look at these 4 steps in the next section.
4 Ways to Fix a Kettle That Keeps Blowing a Fuse
You click the kettle on and the next thing you know, your house is in darkness. Not only do you now have to settle for a lukewarm cuppa, but you also have to fumble your way to the circuit breaker to turn the electrics back on.
Maybe this is not the first time you have encountered this problem. It’s not been long since you changed the fuse in the kettle after it blew the last time. Even still, each time you go to use it the same thing happens. What can you do?
Perhaps you’re about ready to fling your kettle into the nearest landfill and start over. But wait! Coming up, you will find 4 ways in which you can fix a kettle that keeps blowing a fuse. Take a look and you’ll be preparing steaming hot cuppas again in no time.
Step #1 Do Not Overload the Circuit
One of the most common reasons why the fuses blow on kettles is because the circuit that they are plugged into is overloaded. You should avoid overloading the circuit for the kettle to work properly again.
Are you using an extension lead with multiple electrical devices plugged into it? Or does your wall socket have more than one electrical outlet? Then you might have more plugged into the circuit than it can handle. A kettle needs a sudden, large surge of electrical energy. It is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Does your kettle keep blowing a fuse? Then you should avoid plugging it into the same circuit with any of the following high-consuming electrical devices.
- Coffee machine
- Slow cooker
Step #2 Swap to a Different Electrical Outlet
So you have tried removing some of the electrical devices from your wall outlet. But you are still having an issue. Every time you plug the kettle in the fuse blows. You have tried changing the fuse, but nothing seems to work. What can you do?
You can also try swapping your kettle to a different electrical outlet in the kitchen. Or you can plug it in in another room in the house. A kettle is an appliance that demands a lot of electricity. If there is something wrong with one of your electrical outlets, it may not be able to tend to the kettle as it should. This might be the cause of the blown fuse.
Does your kettle boil properly in another room in the house? Then you can conclude that the problem lies with your electrical outlet. Try plugging another high-consumption electrical device into your problematic wall socket. This will enable you to test how it works.
You can perform the test using a hairdryer. Here’s what you can do.
- Plug the hairdryer into the wall socket
- Start the hairdryer on a low heat setting then increase the heat. If you have problems getting the hairdryer to work on high, you will need to contact an electrician.
Step #3 Allow the Base to Dry Out Overnight
Another way to get your kettle to start working again properly is for you to leave the base to dry overnight. If water has leaked into your kettle’s base, this could be the cause of your electrical problems. This could cause a fuse to blow or stop your kettle from working altogether.
If you suspect that your kettle keeps blowing a fuse because of damp electrics, do the following.
- Remove the kettle from its base
- Wipe under the kettle until it is thoroughly dry
- Place the base in a warm, dry room overnight such as an airing cupboard
- In the morning, return the kettle to the base
- Test the kettle
What can you do to avoid getting the base wet? Here are a couple of things.
- Do not overfill the kettle. Water expands as it heats up. If your kettle is overfull, it might start to spill water when it begins to boil. The water could drip down the kettle and end up around its base. Do not fill it past the maximum mark.
- Fill the kettle carefully. When filling the kettle, make sure the water goes directly into it and does not spill down the sides. If it does, this could cause water to gather under the kettle and the pool around the base.
- Do not rest the kettle on a wet surface. Ensure that your kitchen countertop is dry before you set your kettle down. It is important that you keep it dry when you are filling it over the sink. Resist the urge to let the kettle sit inside a damp sink while you fill it up.
Step #4 Replace the Kettle
Have you tried the other steps in this article but your kettle still keeps blowing a fuse? You have swapped it to another electrical outlet and kept it dry but to no avail. Then, unfortunately, there’s not much else that can be done other than replacing the kettle.
Here are a couple of things to consider when replacing your kettle.
- The warranty. Is your kettle still under warranty? If it is, then you might be able to get a repair or a replacement free of charge. You will need to contact your supplier for more information on what you can do.
- A repair. Repairs on old kettles are usually costly and more hassle than they’re worth. It is not always very easy to find replacement parts that match your type of kettle. Identifying the problem with the kettle in order to fix it is another headache. This is why it is often easier and cheaper to buy a new kettle. It is important to note that DIY repairs often invalidate a warranty.
- The age of the kettle. The average lifespan of a kettle is a mere 4 years. If you use your kettle more than 5 times a day, its lifespan will be even shorter. There’s something you should do before you start ordering replacement kettle parts. That is to consider the age of your kettle and whether it is really worth patching up.
You were moments away from making a nice hot beverage when poof, the kettle blew a fuse and the lights went out. To say that this is an inconvenience is an understatement. Especially if this is not the first time you have had to change your kettle’s fuse.
I am sure the 4 steps in this article have helped you get your kettle working properly again. Or perhaps they have indicated to you the best time to start looking for a replacement.
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