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Locating Hard To Find Electrical Switches

I have a rectangular 3 rocker isolating switch in my fitted kitchen that controls my fridge/freezer, dish washer & washer/dryer…

 

Locating A 3 Rocker Isolating Switch In The UK
Background: Gilbert, a Homeowner from Irvine, United Kingdom
Question: I have a rectangular 3 rocker isolating switch in my fitted kitchen that controls my fridge/freezer, dish washer & washer/dryer. The rockers are embossed with the names of the appliances. One of the rockers has snapped off & I can no longer turn on my dish washer. Do you know where I can get a replacement switch? I have tried several electrical suppliers with no success.

Additional Comments: This is my first time I’ve tried it.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Gilbert.
Gilbert, search the internet for the make and model of the exact switch that you have and I’m sure you will find a supplier.

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2 Responses to “Locating Hard To Find Electrical Switches”
  1. James tugwell says:

    I have a outlet that has 220 and 110 on it and I cannot find one to replace it, or do they still make them?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi James,
      Please describe the outlet your trying to locate, such as a NEMA number, Voltage and Amperage ratings. Most replacement outlets are available with few exceptions.
      Dave

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