When an electrical switch becomes faulty, it causes much frustration; having to spend tens of dollars to engage a electrician which costs many times more than the cost of the switch itself. However, the daunting task of changing a switch coupled with the danger of electrocution makes one with little choice but to engage external help.
To get started on changing the faulty switch, you first will need a few tools – flat head screw driver and Philips screwdriver. What’s next?
1. Turn off the master switch at the DB box (if you are not sure which switch to turn off)
If you are an amateur, it’s extremely important to take extra caution when dealing with electrical switches – switching off the mains reduces the risk of electrocution. Also, do make sure that you are in a well-lit place.
2. Get the tools and spare part ready.
The spare switch can be bought in most hardware stores for a few couple of dollars. And a flathead/Philips screwdriver is a essential handy tool every home should have.
Pull out the switch cover by applying a little force until you hear a click sound.
3. Dismantle the spoilt switch
When you unscrew the holding screws of the switch there is a partial blockage by the border of the switch. You have to remove the border cover by using a flathead screwdriver and dislodge the cover at the groove in the picture.
3. Remove the switch wires properly
After you removed the screws you will see the wires dangling in the interior. You have to unscrew the wires from the holding points using a screwdriver (with the relevant heads).
It is good to remove the wires one by one and attached to the new switch in the right order so that you won’t have problem with the circuitry.
4. Secure the new switch.
5. Put back the cover and turn on the master switch back in the DB box.
Now the switch is good to go.