07:25AM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
12 lifetime posts
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.


Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon