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Old 09-09-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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We had a house with a bad neutral and the outlets had 200 volts in 120 volt outlets.It burned up the television and computer lights were also dimming. long story short the power company came out and repaired some corroded wiring on the transformer.that seemed to take care of the problem.Then this months power bill was over 1,000 dollars and the power bill has never been over 275 in the 6 years we have lived here.Could this be related?
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Possibly, the neutral was maybe heating up a lot and creating lot of resistance. I would try to dispute that bill with the electric company, that is a HUGE bill. I pay that in like a year.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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Sure sounds like it--call the power company and explain the situation--they should have a record of your service call---

A neighbor had a similar situation with fried t.v.s microwaves--computers--His insurance took care of all of it--Best of luck---Mike---
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i would definitely call them. It was their loose neutral using the electricity, not yours
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For how long did you notice lights dimming, perhaps other lights abnormally bright, and other things that seemed abnormal?

Did you use air conditioning a lot?

Do you have an electric water heater? A leak in the hot water piping (unrelated to the loose neutral) can run up a surprisingly high electric (or gas if applicable) bill.

A major hot water leak will likely be revealed if you turn off the water heater and have nobody use hot water for six hours. If you use hot water and find it cold, then you have a leak.

Incidentally if you notice abnormally bright lights, that is a sure sign of a neutral problem and you should unplug all electronics including microwave ovens (the latter have microprocessors inside).

Turn off varioius breakers to see if some circuits today draw lots of power.

I would say that a loose neutral is an unlikely cause of a high electric bill.
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