CPS Homes How to Guides - Change a plug

How to change a plug

Why might you need to change a plug?

If the fuse is blown or the casing of the plug is damaged or unsafe to use, there’s no need to spend a pretty penny on a new appliance. You can repair it yourself quickly and easily - just follow the steps below...

Step 1: Get your tools ready

You’ll need a new 3-pin plug, a cross-head screwdriver and a flat-head one. You can buy any of these from a supermarket or DIY store, or alternatively you can order them online.

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Step 2: Remove the plug’s cover

Using the cross-head screwdriver, unscrew the damaged appliance’s plug cover and remove it.

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Step 3: Remove the flex clamp

Unscrew and remove the flex clamp (located at the base of the plug).

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Step 4: Loosen the terminal screws

Loosen the terminal screws holding the wires securely in place. There might be three wires (live, neutral and earth) or with double insulated appliances you might have only a live and a neutral wire.

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Step 5: Remove the wires

Pull the wires out and make sure they aren’t damaged.

Useful tip: If the plug case is damaged, but the fuse is still intact, be thrifty - you can save the undamaged fuse and reuse it for another appliance. Just make sure the ampage is suitable.

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Step 6: Get the new plug

Get the new plug and remove the packaging (including any protective cardboard). Unscrew the cover, remove the flex clamp and loosen the terminal screws as you’ve done in steps 2-4.

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Step 7: Re-attach the wires

Insert the wires under the new plug’s terminal screws. The brown wire should go into the live screw and the blue one into the neutral one.

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Step 8: Put the new plug back together

Re-screw the terminal screws, the flex clamp and the plug’s cover.

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Step 9: Plug in the appliance

Plug in your appliance and it should be as good as new!

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