What is causing this and how to fix it?

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Old 10-22-14, 03:02 AM
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What is causing this and how to fix it?

Every time I plug in my iron and do some ironing the lights in the room slightly dim. Today, I had a space heater plugged into a small old surge protector in the outlet and the outlet (or surge protector Iím not sure which) seemed like it was (for lack of better words), being jittery. It wasnít sparking but it sounded like it was buzzing a little.

Is this a serious problem and if so how can I fix it? Is it costly to repair? My house was built in 1998 so it isnít that old. Do I need another line run or re-wired? Iím totally at a loss with electrical stuff. I would appreciate any help anyone can provide. Thank you!
 
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Old 10-22-14, 03:20 AM
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The dimming of the lights is mostly normal. Often lights and receptacles are on the same circuit (not preferred), which causes this short term "drain". As far as having the space heater plugged into a strip or extension cord, Don't. They aren't designed to be plugged into anything but a receptacle. Your surge protector was probably underrated for the load and was getting ready to break down.
 
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Old 10-22-14, 04:32 AM
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The heavy loads like the iron and space heater can exacerbate a loose or failing connection. Flickering can be an indication that a problem is starting.
 
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Thank you both for the very helpful replies! I appreciate it! I got rid of the surge protector. I noticed too the light on it was no longer green but red.

Do I need an electrician to come in and take a look at the outlets since the receptacles and outlets seem to be on the same line or should I be all right as long as I don't overload them? Is this an expensive fix?

Thank you both again!
 
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Old 10-22-14, 04:43 AM
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Your breakers should trip if the load is too great.

New circuits to split up the load would require new wiring to be run.
 

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Circuits

You should not use a clothes iron and a space heater on the same circuit.
 
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Thank you both for the follow up post! That helps! Thanks again!
 
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