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Socket Burn't and Cracked but Fuse Didn't Trip?

Postby brendanxx » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:34 am

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Hi,
Attached is pic of double socket in my washing machine shed. The socket no longer works and I don't know why what made it so cracked and burnt - also a bit confused as to why the fuse didn't trip. I suppose it could have been moisture getting in, but would that have resulted in such burning? I imagine it's not a hard job to simply change the socket but would welcome any thoughts as to why this might have happened. The plug worked perfectly well before.
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Postby Mr White » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:06 pm

It has overheated because of a bad connection, which fuses do not "detect" so that is why the fuse did not blow.

Change the socket AND the plug, use a well known brand of both to prevent it re-occurring.
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Postby ericmark » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:51 pm

Unusual to see that on neutral pin, as said poor connection causes it, you may find cable damaged.

But will need both socket and plug changing.
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Postby brendanxx » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:24 am

Sorry for delay in replying. Many thanks for swift advice. I will change the socket and also the plug - although when I plugged the washing machine into extension cable (thinking the problem was simply with the socket) it worked all right - I guess though that I should still change plug - better safe than sorry!
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Postby collectors » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:09 pm

Ditto with the last 2 comments. You can often find older washing machines can put more strain on a socket & plug as they had larger heating elements & higher wattage motors that can push a 13amp plug/socket unless good quality.
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Postby brendanxx » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:35 pm

Hi,
About to change socket but confused
(1) can't find socket like the old one - socket +light switch - only ones for cookers (maybe that's what I need?)
(2) Is there some way I can use a simple double socket - put a plug on for the light?
(3) If (2) what should I be looking for in a double socket? I'm attaching photos of two from B&Q. (the usb one is 13 amp.) - and my damaged one.

Any help greatly appreciated. Sorry about being such a complete beginner!
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Postby Mr White » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:16 pm

Since the patress is for a single socket it would be easier if you buy a single socket.

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Cheaper at screwfix Click here

You can even get a grey one Click here

I am not going to mention the red one.
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