Craig S

06:53PM | 11/29/02
Member Since: 11/28/02
1 lifetime posts
I live in a 150 year old farm house in Vermont that has had alot of work done on it over the last year including lots of new electrical wiring and fixtures. The furnace has also been rewired for a power venter instead of a chimney. Alot of the time when the furnace turns on the lights will dim in part of the house. Also at the same time in another room the lights will brighten when the furnace turns on. When the wind is realy strong the lights will get bright in one room and dim simultaneusly in another. Sometimes there just seems to be low voltage in some parts of the house. We had our electric company come out and they changed our transformer on the pole saying it was ok but old. they also changed the wires from the transformer to our meter. this made no change in our syptoms which seem to be getting worse especially with windy days. I called our nieghbors who live close by when our lights were acting funny like this and they all said their electric is fine. The electrician will not answer our calls. After all, it is It is hunting season. We have no more money to hire another one right away. Is this a dangerous situation? Is there something I can do to get this fixed or point the electric company in the right direction?

Tom O

03:18AM | 11/30/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
This is a potentially hazrdous situation in the sense that you could end up destroying much of your electronic equipment.

'The symptoms you describe, other than the wind, are classic signs of a loose neutral. This causes the voltage to go down on one of the hot phases while it goes up on the other phase. Your house wiring & old fashioned appliances can handle this fairly well, but your electronic equipment can be damaged.

My advice is to unplug any electronic equipment.. Get an electrician on site as soon as possible. I suspect that the loose neutral could be associated with the service drop to your house, possibly at the weatherhead. You might get the power company to check that and ask them to check inside the meter base.

Good luck, let us know the outcome.


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