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Old 11-04-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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Got my power back a few days ago but have been having several problems which are making me worried

-took a while for lights to go on
-lights are flickering every 15 mins or so
-furnace is emitting fumes, so i shut it off and not using it
-microwave is not working, then works again


who should I call regarding these problems? an electrician?

(sorry I am not a do it yourself at home person or do not know much about electricity)

would I be able to file a claim with homeowners insurance to cover the costs? when should I go about doing that?
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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Got my power back a few days ago but have been having several problems which are making me worried

-took a while for lights to go on
-lights are flickering every 15 mins or so
-furnace is emitting fumes, so i shut it off and not using it
-microwave is not working, then works again


who should I call regarding these problems? an electrician?

(sorry I am not a do it yourself at home person or do not know much about electricity)

would I be able to file a claim with homeowners insurance to cover the costs? when should I go about doing that?
Wait...the grid is up but fluctuating. Probably nothing you can do but wait until it stabilizes.

Check with your neighbors. If they have the same problem it ain't your house.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:31 AM
 
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Agreed with lvoc. I would also try to keep your electronics unplugged, particularly if they aren't on a surge protector, those kinds of fluctuations are very bad for them.

If you are the only one with the problem, call an electrician. If other people are having the same problem, call PSEG/JCP&L, but don't expect it fixed too quickly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:04 AM
 
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what about the fumes from the furnace though, could that be related as well?
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:50 AM
 
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They could be. The power company will send someone out for free to check the furnace, they are not the same peopel who repair the lines, so you should be able to get someone out quickly. If it is a problem within your home, you will need an electrician and it may or may not be covered by your homeowners, it depends on your policy. Call your agent.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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If the damage was caused by flooding and you don't have flood insurance, which is seperate from your homeowners insurance, you won't be covered.
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