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DrewBuilder

07:25AM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
12 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I'm getting symptoms of a loose neutral. That is, lights get brighter when a heavy load comes on (HVAC, toaster, hair dryer). This happens on several circuits (already, kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC circuit).

I've called the power company, but knowing how these guys are, they'll tell me it's my problem not theirs. Other than the neutral connection at the main panel, is there something in the main panel or downstream (on one of the circuits) that could cause this? Or is the cause somewhere along the service cable (transformer, splice, meter, panel)?

Tom O

03:27AM | 04/20/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
The usual spots for a loose neutral that causes system wide symptoms is your breaker box, meter socket, connection at the weatherhead, connection at the transformer. The connections outdoors are more likely than one indoors.

Hav an electrician measure the voltage to ground (both phases) at the main panel & turn on one of those big loads. If the voltage goes up on one of the phases, the problem is upstream of the panel & the power compny will need to be involved at this point.

Don't let this problem go uncorrected, you could end up damaging your electronic equipment due to the high voltage.

Tom

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