My power supply got broken. Upon further inspection, I found out that the high power resistor (15 ohm, 10 W) was broken.
Unfortunately, I can't purchase such a resistor (with the same specifications, not to mention the same brand) and I don't have the schematics and am not sure what exactly the resistor is for (what devices does it limit the current for?) and I am wondering how dangerous would it be to:
Replace the resistor with a wire. That means basically no resistance and much more current flow in the close-by components. Even though I don't see components that could be affected by overcurrent, it's still something I'd do as a last resort.
Replace the resistor with a fuse. We can calculate the appropriate current (230 V at 15 ~ 16 A) and have it soldered. This is an even better option since in the worst case it will blow and I will save other components. The last thing I want to do is to blow the chip when now only one resistor is blown.
How appropriate do these options seem? Is there another way to solve the problem?