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Old 02-23-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I need ask advice on my electrical.

Over the past few weeks the lights in my house (built in 1941) have been dimming intermittently. It wasnt happening very often so we figured that it wasnt anything big. Over the past few days however it has become more and more frequent and the fluctuations have been of higher intensity.

The power company came out this morning, did some tests, and told us that it is a bad main breaker. We have a call in to our home warranty company (we bought less than a year ago) and they have said that an electrician will call within 24 hours to set up an appt.

I have 2 questions...

1. Does this sound like a reasonable explanation for the flickering?
2. Is there a safety issue here? Should we be spending the night in a hotel until this is fixed?

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:19 PM   #2
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May be a loose neutral somewhere. If you feel confortable with electricty turn off your main breaker and snug up all your connections on your neutral bar.

If that doesn't fix it, it could be your neutral comeing in from your meter, these ones i would leave to the pro because you can't turn off your power comeing from your meter.

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I wouldn't turn off a possibly defective main breaker
In some cases they do not go back on
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Good point Dave, but would deftinely get someone to make sure its not a loose neutral.

Has then been happening to the whole house or is it isolated to one circuit.
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Thanks for the replies darren and Dave.

It is happening through the whole house. I wasnt home for the power company but my husband said that they had some sort of meter that sounded a tone. When they connected the meter the tone beeped and wasnt a constant as it should have been. That is when he told my husband that we have a bad main breaker. Does that help at all?
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