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Old 01-18-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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Voltage low?


I'm looking at purchasing a condo and I metered a few outlets throughout the suite. Voltage shows between 113-115V. This is lower than what I'm normally used to seeing in a house and I'm wondering if this is going to be an issue.
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Should not be a problem.
Have you checked the batteries in the meter?
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The normal voltage range is 110 to 120.

105 is considered abnormally low.
125 is considered abnormally high.
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actually, depending on what requirements there are on your power company, the allowed voltage could vary. Here in the states, federally I believe they are required to maintain +/-10% but there are some more localized areas that require +/- 5%.

So, if nominal voltage is 120, +/- 10% would give you a range from 108-132. If the tolerance was 5%, the range would be 114-126

since you are in Canada, I have no idea what your allowed tolerances are but even in the strictest areas of the US, your readings would fall right on the line of ok/too low. I see no problem with that voltage in itself but I would investigate things a bit more if it were my purchase. If nothing else, call the power company and ask them what their tolerances are and what the typical voltage is for the area you are looking at. Those are both bits of info they should be able to provide to you.
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