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On investigation he discovered that the 30 amp fuse on the wylex fuse box through which all the downstairs wall sockets are routed was extremely hot to touch and smelt burnt however the fuse had not blown he turned off all the appliances and the fuse returned to a normal temperature he then turned off the electricity and inspected the . Having looked at a modern home electrical distribution unit called a consumer unit in the uk i thought it would be interesting to take a look at an old fuse box this one dates back a long way . If you are considering these plug in breakers because you are always having to replace fuses or fuse wire your installation has significant problems fuses only fail if there is a fault putting a circuit breaker in there will not solve overloads faulty wiring or any other problems. Wylex fuse box do i really need to switch off reply prev of 2 2 next reply author discussion probedb original poster 821 posts 166 months tuesday 12th may 2015 the rental house im in