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#799483 - 01/07/13 07:46 AM Home Electricity Problems Caused by Power Company
Sandra Investing/HFinance Offline
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Registered: 07/13/12
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I wanted to post my experience as a caution to fellow homeowners. This applies to renters, too.

The lights in my house were going dim and then very bright. At first, I didn't pay any attention because the local power company was putting in new poles. I had a few small appliances misfunction but otherwise I attributed it to the contrariness of electronics. Just recently my microwave died. So I bought a new one. When that malfunctioned I began to think something was wrong with my power.

I called the power company and they came out and determined that I have an "open neutral" on the line. This means that the neutral wire that grounds the hot current wires is not working properly. In my case, it is probably loose because my lights dim/brighten only intermittently. I still have power.

The upshot of this is that they have yet to fix it since it was not "malfunctioning" when they came out. I'm still trying to get them to fix this problem. It has the potential to be dangerous. At the worst, it can start a fire from one of the 110 volt appliances suddenly getting 220 volts.

So if you notice anything like this in your home or apartment, I suggest you call your landlord (renters) or your power company. This could be a potentially serious problem.

Also, if anyone has ever dealt with this, please let me know how you got the problem solved. Right now, I am cautious with anything I'm using in the house and I've been told it is most likely to destroy my computer than anything else. Yikes!
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#861654 - 04/13/14 09:33 AM Re: Home Electricity Problems Caused by Power Company [Re: Sandra Investing/HFinance]
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Registered: 08/07/10
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Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Would a surge protector keep your valuable appliances and electronics safe? Are these losses covered on your homeowner or renter's insurance?
This is a potentially scary problem - I hope someone has some good advice for you!
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#861699 - 04/14/14 03:11 AM Re: Home Electricity Problems Caused by Power Company [Re: Sandra Investing/HFinance]
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Registered: 07/13/12
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The lineman I talked to said that a surge protector wouldn't help. Thankfully, the problem seems to have resolved. My guess is that it was being caused by the work the electric company was doing in the area. They were putting in new poles. Once I complained a few times, the problem was resolved with no explanation. This occurred about the same time the work was completed in the area.

We were fortunate. I have read of other instances where people lost a bunch of appliances until the issue was found. To be honest, I am not sure if they are covered under insurance or not.
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#863276 - 05/07/14 12:53 PM Re: Home Electricity Problems Caused by Power Company [Re: Sandra Investing/HFinance]
Mahamudul Hassan Offline
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Registered: 05/07/14
Posts: 10
Loc: Jessore, Bangladesh
Yes your are correct!! Also you need to more aware about this. Although I am new to here but I am very worried to know more about this. Thank you very much

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