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Old 05-02-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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My lights keep flickering and my power restarts every few days, what could be the problem?

Any suggestions?

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Old 05-02-2010, 02:31 PM   #2
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Loose wire.
Bad connection.
Corroded service cable.
Problem at the POCO transformer.

Could be many things.

This is obviously an ongoing problem. Have you called anyone to look at it yet???

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No, I haven't called anyone in yet, I thought I'd first see if I could get some initial thoughts. I guess I should just call in an electrician and go from there?
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Also, just called around for someone. One guy said, $125/hr (licensed electrician) and another said $65 (contractor). Is it important to have a licensed electrician for my situation?
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It the problem is a whole house problem, I would start by calling the POCO and describing the issues. Ask the neighbors if they are having any problems which might indicate a problem at the transformer. They might even pull your meter to check the connections there. If they don't find anything, then call an electrician.

I've had three recent service calls where the problem was a POCO problem, fixed by the POCO for no charge, but the customer still had to pay me for my time to inspect/troubleshoot the interior wiring even though I didn't find any problems.
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Also, just called around for someone. One guy said, $125/hr (licensed electrician) and another said $65 (contractor). Is it important to have a licensed electrician for my situation?
Yes, you want someone who is licensed and who knows what they are doing. I'm not sure what the word "contractor" means in your area. Can a contractor even do electrical work legally?

PS. In regards to my previous post, you might even be able to get the POCO out on a Sunday to check your service drop.
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Thanks JP, I'll first have the POCO come out and see how that goes - cheers.
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POCO should be the first call.

I am also not sure what the difference between a licensed guy and a contractor is. I would hope they were the same.

Every area has it's own way of doing things.

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