very strange problem with old house

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Old 04-25-15, 07:32 PM
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very strange problem with old house

hi first time posting need some ideas with a very odd problem. Last night I noticed that half the outlets in my living room had stopped working so first thing I did was check the breaker none triped. So I do up stairs and my girlfriend turns the dryer on and the tv comes on. Shut the dryer off tv goes off. The dryer is on its own deditcated 50amp 220 circuit. The living room outlets are on 15 amp of there own. Any ideas im stumped
 
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Old 04-25-15, 07:37 PM
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Call the electric company 24 hour emergency number now. Tell them you think you have a dropped leg. Turn off all 240 volt breakers till they can check. Do not try to use any exprnsive 120 volt electronics.

The electric company should check all the connections on their side of the meter including the meter socket. If they find nothing you may need a electrician.
 

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Old 04-25-15, 07:46 PM
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Ok will do thank you for the quick reply ill shut the circuits now
 
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Old 04-25-15, 08:00 PM
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The dryer is on its own deditcated 50amp 220 circuit.
Residential voltages are 240 and 120. There is a small chance that IF you live in New York City that your higher voltage is only 208. At any rate, 50 amperes is too large for a clothes dryer unless it is a commercial model and maybe not even then. Regular residential dryers use a 30 ampere circuit.
 
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It is 240 im a welder not an electrician its two 120 25 amp ciruits wired together does that mean its still only 25 amps?
 
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I think it sounds more like you lost one leg. If the neutral had been lost, you would have had 240 volts at the TV receptacle and it would have instantly burned up. Regardless, calling the power company so they can check their side is the first step. Let us know what you find out.
 
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Old 04-25-15, 08:39 PM
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It is 240 im a welder not an electrician its two 120 25 amp ciruits wired together does that mean its still only 25 amps?
Yes, it's a 25 amp circuit and probably should be a 30 amp circuit. The dryer only needs one hot leg and one neutral to run the motor, 120 volts. I'd bet the dryer wasn't heating up.
 
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Thanks for the correction, Joe. I edited my post.
 
 

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