Overloaded circuit?

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Old 11-11-09, 09:00 PM
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Overloaded circuit?

Whenever my fridge comes on, the lights in the dining room dim for a few seconds. Does anyone have any idea what causes this and how I can fix it? It doesn't seem normal nor good.
 
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Motor loads typically cause some dimming. Has this gotten worse recently?
 
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If the lights were put on the same circuit as the fridge, you will notice the lights do that because of the volt drop created from the large startup current from the compressor motor. If this is a new problem, post back with any electrical changes that have been made before the problem started.
 
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Might try running a dedicated 20 amp circuit to the fridge.

(Power hogs are happier on their own circuits and larger 12 ga. wire!)
 
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