How To Replace a Fuse And Reset Your Breakers

Just about every landlord will deal with a loss of power in their rental at some point, and often the cause is a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

If you know what you’re doing, you can fix these problems yourself quickly and easily. Here is a guide to dealing with both issues, allowing you to do a little DIY handiwork around your own property.

The Basics Behind The Problem
There can be many reasons behind a power failure.

For example, an entire city can be hit with a blackout that really has nothing to do with your own power usage. However, in most cases, an electrical problem from within your rental unit will be the cause.

Often, a blown fuse or circuit breaker that trips is the culprit, and results from too much electrical energy flowing through your wiring.

This will cause the fuse or circuit breaker to automatically shut down the power in order to avoid your electrical wiring from overheating and potentially causing a fire.

This problem often comes about due to too many appliances running at the same time, such as a toaster, hair dryer, and air conditioner, all of which can cause too much energy to flow through your wires.

Replacing a Fuse
Fuse boxes are common in older homes and apartments.

They’re usually located in a basement or garage, and located in a square box built into the wall. Inside, you’ll often find 2 to 8 fuses in place.

The fuses are round and much like a light bulb, they screw into position. If a fuse has blown in your property, first turn off all your lights and remove any electrical appliances that you think may have contributed to the blown fuse by unplugging them.

You’re dealing with electricity here, so exercise extreme caution.

Your hands should be dry and you shouldn’t be standing on any type of wet surface.

Usually, you can identify the fuse that needs replacing by looking if the metal inside the fuse has melted.

This will cause the fuse to look purple, burnt, or discolored.

Unscrew this specific fuse by turning counter-clockwise.

You now want to replace this fuse with a fuse that is basically a copy of the one you took out, with the same amperage and size of the damaged fuse.

When in doubt, just bring the broken fuse to a hardware store and ask for an exact match.

Then, simply screw the new fuse in and your electricity should be functioning again.

Fixing a Circuit Breaker
Circuit breakers are the more modern device installed in newer homes and apartments.

They basically perform the function of a fuse box, but are easier to reset and fix.

Inside a circuit breaker box, the actual circuit breakers basically look like smaller versions of a light switch.

They are usually arranged in rows that can either run vertically or horizontally.

When your breaker is tripped, the circuit switch will switch directions.

Depending on your circuit breaker’s design, it will either go up or down.

However, the key to finding which one has been turned “off” is to simply compare it to others and find the one that is switched in the other direction.

Simply reset this specific switch until it’s aligned with all the others, returning it to the “on” position.

When To Call An Electrician
If your circuit breaker keeps tripping or your fuses blowing, it’s important to move appliances around to reduce the electricity burden on one particular breaker or fuse.

Also let any specific tenant suffering from this problem to go easy on their electricity usage to reduce their chances of future problems.

However, if you keep suffering from the same problem despite making these adjustments, it might be time to call a licensed electrician, as you might have a more serious electrical issue.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015


The Landlord Tenant Board: What it is and When it is Needed

Many times, there are issues between a landlord and a tenant that need to be resolved but are failed to do so, because both parties have gone too far with their actions, and have retaliated in the... More

How to Create a Residential Lease Agreement

Where there is a landlord, there will also be a tenant, and it is no surprise that these two parties can only work together once there is some sort of agreement, contract or a binding deal in place.... More

The Best Sites for Rental and Lease Agreement Templates

Many landlords find it difficult to write and draft a lease agreement. Since every State has its own general template, it can also be difficult to make sure your lease agreement meets all the criteria... More

Landlord Obligations: The Responsibilities of a Landlord

Becoming a landlord is a major deal and no one can simply get up and think, “well, yes I think I should be a landlord and rent out my flat.” If you are thinking that you would like to be a landlord,... More

The Best Landlord Associations for Landlords to Join

If you’re a landlord and want to manage your business in a better way, you should endeavor to get in touch with those industry experts who have the experience and the skills to help you do it. This is... More

The Best Landlord Forums

Landlords and aspiring landlords, do not become as such, without guidance and advice. There is a lot that goes into being a landlord nowadays; in fact, there is so much to learn that it often confuses... More

The Biggest Landlord Problems and How to Fix Them

Renting out an apartment or a house can become a constant revenue source for landlords, but at the same time, it gives rise to several problems. It is a fact that high standards, a strict lease... More

Landlord Tenant Disputes

If you are currently thinking of becoming a landlord only because it helps you have a constant stream of income, you should think twice. It’s not that you should not consider offering your property... More

Unpaid Rent

When you talk about the most common disputes arising between landlords and tenants, nonpayment of rent has to be there in the list. People rent their properties to earn money, and when a tenant... More

Section 8 Landlord Pros and Cons

If you have ever rented a living space and have had to move many times, you’d already know how difficult it is to find decent, affordable and secure living premises. A person has to deal with the same... More