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Tommy

09:20PM | 08/19/99
Member Since: 07/11/99
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I bought a nice house but when I use an appliance the lights go dim for a second. Icould be on one side of the house and the fridge could kick on at the other side and the light would dim. No cirquits are ever tripped it's just annoying. The house is 1200 sq. ft. with a 100 amp service.

Randy Barnett

03:16PM | 09/28/02
Member Since: 09/08/02
5 lifetime posts
Tommy, Could be a couple of different things. When current flows through the wires in your home the voltage drops in the circuit where it is flowing and,thus,the lights go dim. For an instant when the refrigerator kicks on it draws a good bit of current and thus, the lights go dim until the current values return to normal. Perhaps you need to spread loads out over more circuits, place the refrigerator on its own circuit or, use larger wires on your circuits. Unfortunately, none of these will be easy or cheap fixes. Any other ideas, anyone?
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