Old fashioned fuse box and new heater...
I am a renter living in an old house with an old fashioned fuse box. I recently purchased a floor heater and it was working great for about a month, then all of a sudden, I noticed that all the lights in the house were dimmer, the digital clock was on, but there was no display, etc. I put in a new screw in fuse, but it didn't fix the problem. The only place the heater worked was in the bedroom...
Anyway, I thought I smelled something burning, so I went the fuse box again and pulled out one of the main switches. One of the clip in fuses had a hole burned in it and when I took it out, it fell apart in my hands. It also looks burned on the metal of the actual fuse box (see picture). The clip in fuses are 60 amp and the screw in fuses are 30 amp.
My question is this: Is my floor heater dangerous? I can purchase a new clip in fuse, but is this just going to happen again? It's supposed to be very cold here in the next two days ("blizzard like conditions") so I don't have a lot of time to figure this out.
Thanks for any help you can offer...Here are some pictures of the fuse box, clip in fuses and heater: http://www.charmagnewestcott.com/~site/Scripts_UnderConstruction/UnderConstruction.dll?CMD=CMDViewSite&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.charmagnewestcott.com%2Fphotos.html&HS_ID=1757010804&REFERRAL=SB
I have lived here over a year and have never had a problem, and like I said, the heater has been working just fine for about a month.