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Old 01-04-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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power keeps going off and coming back on without tripping breakers


i have several areas n my house that where we've been experiencing loss of power lately. when the power goes out, i check the breaker, but it hasn't been tripped. i usually shut it off and turn it back on just to be sure but it doesn't help. the power comes back on when it wants too until this last time. we've been out of power in parts of the house for over 12 hours now including the fridge and heater. does anyone have any ideas? i can't see any signs of charred wires in the breaker box or the few outlets i've checked. i've checked the attic for signs of chewed wires, but nothing there either. any ideas?

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Is it the whole house goes out or just certin rooms. Is it always the same rooms that go out.
Loose connection is the most liky cause.
To check it you would have to remove the circut break box cover. If you do not feel comfortable doing this call an electrition.
This can cause a fire so do something soon.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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it's just certain rooms. have already removed the breaker box panel but don't see any problems there
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Not likly your going to see anything. All the screws need to be shugged up.
DO NOT TOUCH THE MAIN INCOMING LINES WITH THE BIG WIRES ON THEM.
Next I would remove the outlets in the effected area and check each one for loose connections. If there back stab then they need to be changed so the wire goes around the screw instead.
If the first outlet in a daisy chain is loose all the other ones will loose power.
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At your service panel, are the circuits that are "out" on alternating breakers?

Example:

Fridge - not working
Bathroom - working
Heater - not working
Bedroom - working
Basement - not working

and so on?

If so, it might be a problem for the POCO. Maybe a bad connection at the pole or to your house. Possibly the wind is making/breaking the connection.
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Call your electric company.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #7
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Good point.
Your incoming power comes in 220 volts, It's split between the two rows of breakers.
110 volts on each side. If one line on the incoming power drops off only one side of the panel will have power.
This would be a very serious issue. It can distroy anything plugged in at the time.
Just look over some of the other post in this area. Seems to be a very common problum.

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