A house wiring problem

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Old 05-09-20, 06:47 PM
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A house wiring problem

I have a problem in my kitchen.
When I turn on the lights the refrigerator shuts off. The fridge is on it's own dedicated line that I wired 5 years ago and was installed properly per code. My circuit checker still checks out that it's wired properly.
The two circuits have no wires in common.
This house was wired decades ago with conduit wiring. The line I installed is Romex.
No one has been working on the electric...Something has just gone wrong.
Thank you.

Chuck
 
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Old 05-09-20, 09:19 PM
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Do you have any 240 volt devices? dryer? range? Do they function properly?
 
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Old 05-10-20, 05:19 AM
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What is the voltage at the refrigerator receptacle when you flip the light on?

Any other lights and receptacles elsewhere in the house affected?
 

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Old 05-10-20, 05:23 AM
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I have the dryer and electric baseboard heat all at 240v.
I don't think anything else is effected other than this problem but I will check today.
I'm sorry I can't get back to you sooner as I'm on a shared computer.
Thank you for the help!!!
 
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Old 05-10-20, 05:55 AM
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The only thing I can think of to cause this is a faulty main feed line.
Are both these circuits in the same panel? Is it the main panel or a sub panel?
 
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Old 05-10-20, 06:42 AM
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Can you further define "refrigerator shuts off". What is the total watts of the bulbs on the circuit that is causing the refrig problem? What are the conditions when the refrig comes out of shut-off? Can you measure the voltage at the outlet the refrig was plugged into when turning on the the light switch causing the refrig problem?
 
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Old 05-10-20, 07:05 AM
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I am assuming that this is an electronic controlled fridge.

More info on what you mean by shuts off would help.
Also how do you turn it back on?

Try plugging it into a surge protector.
My thinking here is perhaps there is a bad bulb socket, bulb, connection or switch that is creating a voltage spike and this is affecting the fridge.
Just a wild guess as the problem does not make sense to me re: totally separate circuits.
 
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Old 05-10-20, 07:37 PM
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I found out that the utility company had been working on the power lines. Resetting the main breaker did the trick.

Thank you so much for all of the advice!!!

Chuck
 
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Old 05-11-20, 06:19 AM
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The main breaker remove all power to the house. Your problem and solution don't align. POCOs are very careful about affecting voltage while working on distribution because they can be held liable for equipment damages if they caused voltage variation.
 
 

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