My husband and I own a home that was built in the 1920's. Lately we have been having some trouble with our electric.
For a while when the weather would get nice we would turn off our air conditioning unit at the thermostat but it wouldn't shut off. We would end up having to shut if off at the main breaker in the basement to make it quit running. That wasn't too big of a problem because we don't run it very often so we kind of forgot about it.
Two days ago in the evening the air conditioner turned on by itself even though it was shut off at the thermostat. This happened twice in one night and caused the lights in our upstairs bathroom to flicker on and off. About the same time the tv that is on the same wall as the thermostat in the living room started losing power and flickering on and off. Also the refrigerator that is on the other side of the wall in the kitchen was turning off and coming on.
We were hoping that these problems were caused by the air conditioner or the thermostat going bad, so we left it off at the breaker; but last night it did it again. TV receiver flicked on and off in rapid speed and the fridge kept losing power.
We are worried something is bad in our wiring as it is the old knob and tube through most of the house. Have lived here for four years with no problems to speak of. My brother in law is an electrician and is coming over to look to see if he can figure anything out; but any extra help would be appreciated.
Sorry for the long post!
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