Oops.

The cooker is here!
The guys connected her up, turned everything on, and pzzzt. The trip went.
They reset it, checked the wiring, turned on the rings one by one, then the smaller oven, then the larger, pzzzt, the trip went again.
Hubby was anxious, and dug out his multi-meter in case the guys needed it.
Another reset, the small oven first, then the larger, then one ring at a time.
Ring three and pzzzt.
I am unlikely to have both ovens and all four rings (which are damn fast to heat up by the way!) going at the same time, but that is not the point.Β  There was a problem somewhere, and I may have a dodgy cooker, in which case it would have to go back and takeaways or microwave dinners would be the norm until they could get me a replacement.
All three guys were confused.
And therein lay the key.

The cooker that came out operated on a 13 amp fuse, as do most built in ovens and hobs these days.
The wiring for the cooker is correct at 32 amps., so that wasn’t the issue.
Hubby looked in the fuse box, and the cooker fuse was a mere 16 amps, more than enough for the old cooker, but totally inadequate for the new one.
He drove down to the local DIY store and picked up a 32 amp fuse to correct it.
Now everything works (and at the same time should I need it to), the cooker is in position, and I’m ready to go………… almost.

Hubby intended to update all the fuses in the fusebox at a later date, but I have encouraged him to do so today for two reasons.
One, a safety issue and best to do it now while we have a little bit of spare cash,
and
Two, the fusebox is in the most ridiculously awkward place above the wall cupboards, and only accessible by standing on a chair to stand on the worktop. There is no room to work, and going up and down all the time is not good for Hubby’s legs.

Mr Scrappy still hasn’t come to take away the old cooker though, and we are now waiting for the double glazing guy. No fuses required for that, thank goodness.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Oops.

  1. foguth says:

    Sounds like you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time!

  2. scifihammy says:

    Fuses can be tricky things! I’m glad your husband found the problem πŸ™‚

  3. Nothing ever goes completely smooth but at least you now have your cooker!

  4. colonialist says:

    I feel quite proud of myself. By the time you reached ‘all three were confused’ I had diagnosed that the issue was con fused indeed!
    As a further complication, over time those fuses can get ‘tired’ and trip out even with a load within their capacity.

    • Well done you. I must admit if it had been a three pin plug, it would’ve been one of the first things I’d check. Even more embarrassing is that Hubby is used to working with electrics, and because the wiring was correct, didn’t think to check the fuse. Our fuse box is not completely up to date for the very reason your mention….. things do get tired, so replacing them all made sense as at least we know where we are now.

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