Safety advice: Repairing electrical appliances

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    Mains Safety AdaptorFirstly, with any electrical repair it is important to disconnect the appliance and make it safe to work on. Unplug the power cord or remove the fuse (if connected) via a fused spur outlet. If you are not sure whether the electrical supply has been removed do not attempt any repair without first seeking professional advice.

    Even when the electrical supply has been disconnected some power modules may hold a charge, so allow them to stand for several minutes after disconnection and before starting the repair. Exercise caution when handling electronic modules.

    Extreme caution must be used with regard to your microwave oven, as the combination of high voltage and current makes this potentially the most dangerous appliance in the home to repair.

    For this reason, we advise you not to attempt its repair unless you have previous electrical engineering experience with it.

    Once their outer covers are removed, many appliances have very sharp metal edges on panels which will be exposed. When working in close proximity to any sharp edges try and cover them with a cloth or rag if there is any chance of your arms or wrists coming into contact with them. Wearing gloves is also a good way to reduce the chance of hand injury.

    Wear eye protection if there is a chance of debris or components springing off or becoming loose and coming into contact with your eyes.

    It may be necessary for an appliance to be lifted and moved in the course of repair work being carried out. However, this should only be performed by those who are fit and capable of taking the weight, as well as observing the correct lifting method of keeping a straight back and using the leg muscles (and not the back) to lift.

    Ensure the area where the repair is to be carried out is clean and clear of obstacles, working in a tidy manner by allowing space to move as you dismantle the appliance. It is also important to keep pets and children away from opened appliances with repairs in progress.

    Always try to work with someone else nearby in case of accidents or if help is required.

    Research the repair before you start, as well as ensuring you have the right tools for the job and that it is within your level of competency.

    By following the above information we hope you achieve many successful repairs without accident or issue.

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    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.