Odd electrical problem?


Old 01-11-05, 06:00 AM
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Odd electrical problem?

We've been having a rather odd problem, seemingly with the wiring in the basement of our home.

What happens, is when one turns the bathroom fan off, it seems to interrupt, or .. something, the power in that circuit. The living room shares this circuit, and when one turns off the bathroom fan, there is an audible pop from the stereo speakers, lines on the TV, and when I had my ethernet/cable modem pluggen into it, i'd lose my connection, and need to reset them. My printer would also 'restart'. Also, perhaps a coincidence.. all appliances that have died recently, were on that circuit. A water cooler, a de-humidifier, and one of my network switches (lan). Also.. we have a motion sensor night light, so when one wanders to the bathroom, it comes on. When you shut off the fan, that night light does it's little 'blink fest', as it does when you first plug it in.

Now.. my first thought, was perhaps the fan itself was bad.. so I replaced the exhaust fan with a new one. Didn't solve the problem. I tried replacing the light switch used to start it. Again, didn't help. I thought perhaps the circuit was overloaded, so unplugged everything, except my printer. Which continued to 'reset', and later, the night light, which also continued to 'reset'.

Any suggestions/advice, as to what the problem could be?
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Old 01-11-05, 06:16 AM
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Are the wires tightened down in the panel? Wires move a bit when power goes through them.

Make sure you turn off the main breaker before venturing into the panel to tighten screws.
Old 01-11-05, 07:37 AM
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Even if you turn off the main breaker, don't go thinking you can then safely tighten all the screws in the panel.

Also, bizarre problems such as this are usually worth a call to your power company.

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