Fluctuating power at my house


Old 04-07-18, 09:25 AM
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Fluctuating power at my house

It started Thursday afternoon, suddenly my power is fluctuating, I cannot turn on appliances that take power to start like dryer. When i turn on Microwave it dims the other lights. The funny part is my Refrigerator and Heating is working fine for now and so is my washer. These appliances are on different breakers and my kitchen appliances have sub panel. I called the Power Company they checked outside and said there's no issue. Any suggestions? I have called the electrician too, lets see if they can come today. I asked my neighbors and they don't have any issue.
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Well, you've already called an electrician. How much investigating do you feel like doing? Do you have a volt meter or electrical tester?
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As you may have read in other posts, if you're noticing this mostly with 240v appliances, you're probably suffering from a loose neutral. Either in your panel or meter base.

It's something you can definitely do some testing for - but you need to be comfortable working in your panel to test it out and tighten any lose connections.
Old 04-07-18, 04:47 PM
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Call the electric co. emergency line. Usually at no charge they will check out to see if on there side of service.
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Did the power company check inside the meter pan too ?

Since you have a problem with 240v appliances.... it would appear that you are losing one leg of the service. Like mentioned.... a meter would be required to check voltages.

Typically a leg would be lost in the meter pan or at the main breaker. Could be a defective main breaker where it attaches to the panel bus bars. Could be a loose wire in the meter pan or on the main breaker.

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