Lights flicker in the entire house

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Old 02-28-17, 05:44 AM
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Lights flicker in the entire house

Well first thing to say is that im 26 and have a computer degree. I am good with computers but dont know **** about electricity lol. Its not noticable but every once in a while it catches my eye. it happens for like half of a second and stops. What can cause this? I have lived in this house for my whole life and the house was built in 1931. I guess this has been happening for years but I more noticed it now. Is this a serious deal?
 
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Old 02-28-17, 05:49 AM
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Electric guys will be in sometime, It sounds like a bad or loose neutral from your power company. What they usually say is to call power company and have them check.
 
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is there usually a fee to have the power company come out and check? and thanks for the reply
 
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Old 02-28-17, 05:59 AM
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I don't think so but wait for the Pro's to chime in.
 
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You need to define "flicker" before any real solution can be found. If some lights get dimmer while other lights get brighter, especially if certain appliances are turned on or off, it is an indication of a loose or failing neutral conductor.

On the other hand, if it is a uniform dimming of all lights, again most prevalent when a large appliance such as an air conditioner starts, it may be entirely normal.
 
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well i first noticed it in my room so I was like oh I have a short or something but I then noticed it downstairs too so I think it happens throughout the house.
 
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Old 02-28-17, 08:16 AM
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It doesn't sound like an abnormal problem. It sounds like a device requiring a lot of power is turning on.

It could be as simple as the fridge turning on in your house.
Another cause that is harder to confirm is a neighbors heat pump or A/C system starting.
Since several house usually share the same power transformer you may see a high current start up from a neighbor.
 
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oh really? huh thats crazy. is there anyway that I can confirm what causing it?
 
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Old 02-28-17, 08:39 AM
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See if your neighbors are noticing a problem.
 
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