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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
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Similar problem, was a loose wire in the breaker box. Killed the fridge, now we keep it on a surge protector.
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Old Today, 06:51 AM
 
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I've done some fairly complex troubleshooting for residential customers, and it's not uncommon to find that the problem is on the utility's side. I was disappointed to find that there are utilities out there that will flat out lie and deny that they are the problem in the least. On one occasion I had a "field engineer" who was lying, and we both knew that he had a rotted underground neutral between the transformer and the house. I found 160+ volts to ground, in the house, got the reading locked into a digital meter, and called for a meeting. At that point he confessed, and it cost the company $5K in damages to appliances and electronics in the home. I found that demanding that they send a crew out to install a recording meter at the service brought the whole, "we are certain that we simply can't be the problem here" BS to hard stop.
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Old Today, 07:14 AM
 
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It's a ghost.
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Old Today, 08:11 AM
 
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I've done some fairly complex troubleshooting for residential customers, and it's not uncommon to find that the problem is on the utility's side. I was disappointed to find that there are utilities out there that will flat out lie and deny that they are the problem in the least. On one occasion I had a "field engineer" who was lying, and we both knew that he had a rotted underground neutral between the transformer and the house. I found 160+ volts to ground, in the house, got the reading locked into a digital meter, and called for a meeting. At that point he confessed, and it cost the company $5K in damages to appliances and electronics in the home. I found that demanding that they send a crew out to install a recording meter at the service brought the whole, "we are certain that we simply can't be the problem here" BS to hard stop.
Had similar problems at our camp. Had the power company out 3 times and our own electrician twice. The company finally admitted that the problem was a bad connection out at the transformer at the road side.
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Old Today, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Go out to the breaker box late at night when it’s quiet, and listen for any ‘sizzling’ types sounds. If you hear it, you have a bad breaker.
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Old Today, 08:28 PM
 
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I had a transformer going that supplied power for the unit I was living in.......all sorts of kooky problems, flashing lights included.
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