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  1. Deane fehnert
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    Good morning all,
    I have a 2500W Vax pressure washer, almost 3 years old, but only light summer use, could be described 'as new'. Pressure washing the decking the other day, Mrs wanted to cut the hedge so I let her use the long decent quality outdoor extension, I used a short indoor extension instead, shortly after the pressure washer stopped working, no drama, just stopped.
    yes, I now know, two mistakes - inappropriate extension cable and 2 high draw appliances on the same circuit. Upshot - blown internal in line fuse, marked 13A 250V but only a small 20mm x 5mm cartridge fuse.
    Vax wont help, out of warranty, wont supply and don't have info on internal parts!
    Nearest fuse I can find is 12.5A on farnell.com but various choices on what I assume is the max load rating, from 125A upwards. Which one do I need?
    Thanks for reading, I hope someone can help, don't want to take Vax's offer of 'a deal on a new one' just for a replacement fuse!
     
  2. Pete999
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    Where was the blown internal in line fuse installed??
     
  3. Deane fehnert
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    After the on/off switch, positive wire to the motor
     
  4. Pete999
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    Sorry don't mean to sound holier than thou, but what made you take the cover off of the machine? doing that would invalidate any warranty, is there a BS number on the fuse?
     
  5. Deane fehnert
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    Machine is out of warranty, over 2 years old
     
  6. Pete999
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    What about the BS number on the fuse?
     
  7. Deane fehnert
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    No bs number, a couple of very small symbols, looks like UL inside a circle. Followed by SA inside a C, apart from that just 13A 250V
     
  8. Pete999
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    Thanks Mate, I can only think the machine must have a bad fault somewhere to knock out a 13a fuse, your best bet would be to get it to an appliance repair outfit, and get the them to give you a quote for repairs, it does seem strange however to have a 13Amp fuse internally installed, as the plug top would have a Maximum fuse of 13Amps.
     
  9. Deane fehnert
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    Thanks for your advice
     
  10. Specialist
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    For new fuses you could try espares.co.uk or CPC.co.uk. or even on the bay.
     
  11. Deane fehnert
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    Yes, i can get fuses, I'm assuming I need a slow blow, but the closest on CPC is 12.5a and then i need to know the max amperage from 125 to 1500. Too much guessing hence my post
     
  12. Specialist
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    Why don't you contact espares ?, they're 1 of the Vax dealers.
     
  13. Deane fehnert
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    Deane fehnert EF Member

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    Thanks for that, I'll give them a try
     
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