Strange random electrical problem in apartment.


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Old 05-14-14, 11:29 AM
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Strange random electrical problem in apartment.

Greetings hopefully I pick someones master electrical brain to help resolve this. So 3 days ago I installed a new ceiling fan in my bedroom. Rather than guess on which breaker was for the electrical in the roof, I killed the main breaker. Replaced the light fixture with a small hugger fan. Everything there works as advertised. SInce I shut off that main breaker I get random outages on all outlets in the kitchen and bedrooms the stove is also affected by this. The electricity randomly comes back sometimes no. I checked the breaker panel no breakers are tripped. This last time i flicked each breaker off then on but it doesn't gig the power on unless i do the main breaker on the panel. The new fan installed isn't affected by this is there anything I can do to resolve this issue?

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Old 05-14-14, 01:00 PM
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Welcome Jim to the best DIY forum on the Internet. Please complete your profile so we know where you live as it often is important to know when offering advice.

Unless you own your apartment you cannot legally do any wiring or changing of any fixed items such as your installing a fan in place of a light fixture. Do you own or do you rent? If you are renting then this is the end of the discussion as this board has a policy of not giving advice that would be contrary to codes and laws.

When you installed the fan did you use a "fan rated" box or just the original electrical junction box? After you answer these questions there will be many more and they will include the manufacturer of the circuit breaker panel and probably a request for several pictures.

Please post back with the answers.
 
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Old 05-14-14, 01:13 PM
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After you answer these questions there will be many more and they will include the manufacturer of the circuit breaker panel and probably a request for several pictures.
One of those questions will be: Do you have aluminum wiring in your apartment?
 
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Old 05-14-14, 01:27 PM
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Yes we own. No as far as we can tell at the circuit breaker everything looks like copper. I did not change to a fan box as the fan came with a special bracket. Its not a large fan the model if this helps is a hugger 42 inch product number #52-4316-2 found on English | Canadian Tire
 
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Old 05-14-14, 01:34 PM
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Do you have your own electric meter or is this a subpanel off a building wide meter?
 
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Remove the panel cover & look for a loose wire or loose breaker.
 
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Old 05-14-14, 04:41 PM
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It sounds like one leg of your main breaker didn't latch good.

May be old and defective.

Also, you can try turning it back off then, turning back on with a little authority. Slamming it back on, if you will.

Especially if it's handle tied, use the palm of your hand to make sure you get both poles with even pressure.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 10:12 AM
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So regardless if the fan is on drawing power or not the problem happens. I tried the main breaker this morning again and slamming it back up but it hasn't helped.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 10:37 AM
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Finally figured out there's a short in the breaker box. Id like to thank everyone for thier time and suggestions
 
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Glad you found it but I doubt it was a short. A short would trip a breaker. Was it really an intermittent open due to a loose connection?
 
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Old 05-15-14, 05:51 PM
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Finally figured out there's a short in the breaker box. Id like to thank everyone for thier time and suggestions
So what are you doing to fix the problem? You could just have a bad main breaker that needs to be replaced.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 07:27 PM
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I just called an electrician
 
 

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