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Old 01-06-06, 05:15 PM
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I am new heree but i have found this site very informative and interesting, keep up the good work.

I've started having a problem with one part of the house has good power but another part has low current(83 volts). In the the fuse box i can take out the fuse where i have low voltage and a light gets brighter, also when unhooking a wire from my water heater the light will go out. All fuses are good.
Is this a case of losing one phase coming into the house?
 
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Old 01-06-06, 05:34 PM
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I had a similar incident occur to me in an older neighborhood. I finally tested each phase to ground and determined one was actually only 69 volts. There was nothing else I could do but call the power company. After fiddling and scratching, they deterimined it was a bad transformer. They changed it out and we had proper voltage thereafter. Not sure if that will be the case with you, but just thought I'd throw it out.
 
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Old 01-06-06, 05:35 PM
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Probably. Or a bad neutral.
 
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Old 01-06-06, 05:40 PM
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thanks a lot
 
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Old 01-06-06, 06:09 PM
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Almost definitely a bad neutral somewhere. Start by calling your POCO immediately!
 
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Old 01-06-06, 06:53 PM
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If you haven't called your power company, do so now. Not ten minutes from now, but now. Dragging your feet on doing this would be very ill-advised.
 
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Old 01-06-06, 08:31 PM
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You are missing one half of your incoming power. Half of your panel is being fed through your water heater circuit, which accounts for the funny voltages.

As has already been told, call your power company immediately. It doesn't matter what time you read these, call right away.

Then go and shut off your water heater breaker and any other 240 volt breaker you have. better yet, turn off your main breaker, but since you probably won;t do that, at least turn off your 240 volt breakers.

This is nothing to ask questions about or wait on. Call right away!
 
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Old 01-09-06, 04:47 PM
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low voltage

Thanks for all the help, the poco was called, it was a bad meter base, one lug was bad all is well now.
and thanks again for all the help
 
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Old 01-09-06, 05:57 PM
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a friend of mine in the San Juan Islands had the same type problem.. and, when they would try to take a bath or shower, they'd get shocked... turned out to be "no neutral"... I'd definately get the power company out to look at it pronto haste....
 
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