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mennonjp

07:22AM | 10/02/06
Member Since: 10/01/06
2 lifetime posts
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I have read most of the "flickering lights" thread and it seems as though my lights are doing the opposite of most of those who are posting. Instead of having lights that flicker when a unit is turned on (AC, microwave, dishwasher, etc) - my lights do the opposite. Nearly all of the lights in my house continually flicker throughout the house. Whenever a powerful unit is turned on, like the AC, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, etc., the lights get brighter. We live in an older house (1930's) but the circuit breakers were recently replaced. I think the breakers are of the lower wattage, but we haven't had that many problems with them tripping. Any suggestions on this unusual problem would be greatly appreciated as running these costly units in order to keep the lights from flickering is keeping our utility bills on the high end (but our headaches on the low end)!

Joe.

Billhart

07:37AM | 10/02/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
This is a classic example of a loose neutral.

Call the Power Company IMMEDATELY. This is a potential fire hazard just from the bad connection, but it can also cause electrical equipment to be damage and start fires.

Most likely it is on the power company's side as it is exposed to the weather.

But it can be on your side. This varries, but typically you are responsible for the connections to the meter socket and from the meter socket to the panel.

You said that the circuit breakers were recently replaced. I assume that you mean that the panel was replaced. So it is possilbe that they did not get the wire connections tight or that the wires broke movin gthem around.

So you might need you electrican back, but check the power company out first.


mennonjp

07:43AM | 10/02/06
Member Since: 10/01/06
2 lifetime posts
That was a quick response - and I want to thank you! I am contacting my power company today!

Thanks again!

Joe.
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