Electrical Question

Fuse box makes fishy smell

My fuse box has suddenly started making a fishy smell (literally today) no idea why. Any advice would be helpful.

2 Answers

Best Answer

You are best advised to get this looked at asap. The smell is from the phenol-formaldehyde used used in the manufacture of older bakelite type plastics, and is a tell tale sign that there is burning/overheating somewhere inside the fusebox.

Its mostly likely to be a loose terminal at the incoming switch or on one of the individual fuseways.

Due to potential risk of electric shock from exposed live parts, its safer to leave the cover on the fusebox and get a registered electrician to take a look for you.

If your DIY skills are good then provided you isolate the fusebox at the main switch first the cover can be removed so you can take a look inside for obvious signs of burning/overheating etc.

For more info see this link; http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43880#axzz2Bxci1DWA

Also worth just touching the fusebox with the back of your hand if it feels warm or hot to the touch then there is definately a problem.

Answered 11th Nov 2012

Electrical Safety Services

Member since 17 Oct 2011

Hey. The fishy smell usually means something inside your fusebox is melting. This can be caused by a lose connection and is pretty serious as its an obvious fire risk. Get an electrician asap and they can check it before it gets worse. Hope this helps

Answered 11th Nov 2012

moffat twin electrical

Member since 2 Oct 2012

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