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Me2

04:31PM | 12/16/03
Member Since: 12/15/03
6 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hi, our home is less than two years old and we are experiencing flickering lights. We have had the elec company out EIGHT times with no answer to the problem. We have also had two electricians out one of whom was the builders electrician and did the work themselves. We changed out the main breaker even though there was no problem with it and everything has been checked in the fuse box to see if anything was loose. Nothing. We are now powered with a temporary line that the elec company laid after much ado and still the flickering persists. About six months ago the line was cut when the gas company laid lines for the house going up next door. We truly thought that was the problem but now not so sure since the temporary line didn't seem to fix... I am going nuts trying to get this figured out and am at my wits end since the elec company and two electricians seem to not know what the problem is either. Neighbors don't have the same problem. Please let me know what you think... I have the number of another electrician that was recommended but hate to keep paying for "I don't know's"... One guy from the elec company suggested we tighten all the light bulbs better... Not funny, huh?

Tom O

01:59PM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
You need to hire a contractor that has a piece of equipment that is called a "recording voltmeter." With this test equipment, the voltage at your main panel and other parts of your electrical system can be monitored for an extended period of time. Once these measurements have been taken & analyzed, the location of the trouble can be narrowed down.

BTW, what is your definition of flicker? Do the lights go totally out or do they just go dim?

Tom

Me2

04:32PM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 12/15/03
6 lifetime posts
I've been describing it to be like christmas lights but I think "pulsing" is more accurate... They dim and come back up again just like christmas tree lights. Never completely go "off". Elec company came back out this afternoon and they are recording the stuff like you suggested... also checking harmonics whatever that is. I told him that it doesn't really seem to be just one thing to trigger. Last night it did it when we were not really doing anything or using anything extra, then it would do it when I ran the vacuum (but not everytime). Tonight it happened when we turned the washer and dryer on (but then again its not everytime we use those). We can be just sitting and watching television with lights on all over and it will do it... Told electrician I was going to have the house excorcised next if we couldn't pinpoint the problem.

Me2

04:33PM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 12/15/03
6 lifetime posts
BTW, thanks for responding! Really appreciate it!

bbgage

04:39PM | 12/28/03
Member Since: 12/27/03
4 lifetime posts
We live on a farm in a house trailer, and have 2 meters--one for the trailer and one for the farm. We had flickering lights for months. It started with flickers only when it was really humid and progressed to flickers every day--with some lights and appliances not getting enough power while some lights became brighter. We had the electric company (an REA) use the recording volt meter, but the first time it ws not set sensitively enough to record the flickers. Then they put one on the trailer and one in the barn to see if the flicker was showing on both meters--it was.

After many wrong guesses by electric company personnel, the lineman supervisor found the problem to be the clamp that held the neutral wire to the meter box. The clamp was loose, and when it jiggled (and why it would jiggle, I don't know) every thing flickered. Replacement of the clamp resolved the problem.

Me2

10:07AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 12/15/03
6 lifetime posts
Thanks so much! We have still been battling the elec company but after complaining to the appropriate "persons" we are having much better luck with them working with us more on this. THey just finished doing what you would call more senstive recording including harmonics. There are two differing opinions about it now one says its on their side at the transformer, the other still insists its on our side. They are now going to record the transformer and also record at the pedestal. We are still to write down when it happens. I will suggest the clamp idea to them when I see the gentleman who is working with us on this... He's been very sweet about the whole thing. Thank you again so much! I really appreciate your answering and hopefully this can get resolved soon...

bbgage

05:28AM | 12/31/03
Member Since: 12/27/03
4 lifetime posts
Well, three times I was told that the problem had to be in the line between the trailer and the meter. They said that their line from the post to the transformer was in conduit, so it couldn't be their line. However, the line between the meter and the house is also in conduit (but, I guess, our conduit couldn't be as good as theirs!). But the point is that it wasn't in either line. We would have dug up that line, replaced it, and still have had the problem.

Don't let them convince you to do anything until they are positive that they have isolated the problem.

Me2

06:30AM | 12/31/03
Member Since: 12/15/03
6 lifetime posts
Thanks, I won't! We've only had the flickering twice since they started recording at the transformer. The first time for about two minutes. The heater was on so we turned it off. It then began flickering about 5 minutes later with the heater off. I am hoping that we can begin "eliminating" sources. He had told me too that something "big" kicked in about the same time we had our flickering problem on our recording. Considering that it happens whenever and whereever and that its not really particular about what we are using I still don't understand how they could feel its on our side. Yeah it might do it when the dryer is on but that is not consistant either... Hoping now we've ruled out the heater. Thanks again so much! Have a very Happy New Year! Will let you know how it goes...

klokwork

09:27AM | 01/05/04
Member Since: 11/30/03
9 lifetime posts
I work with a guy that has/had this problem. He was told to check his breakers, and (after shutting it down) make sure all the connections were tight.

I guess if the wires get loose over time, they can arc and cause the flickering.

He said it has worked so far

BV002763

03:28PM | 12/10/13
I've been having the flickering lights affect my self it happens when bug appliances turn on . We haven't added any new appliances in about a yr it's been fine since. We have the usual appliances fridge, freezer, heater , central air , some space heaters one connected one @ a time and a electric stove . Is 100amps not enough for this ?
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