Electrical Voltage Problems and Solutions
What to do about Abnormal Electrical Voltage Problems: The Most Common Electrical Power Problems that Affect Voltage.
How to Identify Electrical Voltage Problems
Electrical Problem:Everything was fine and then the toaster started to smoke, so I jumped up and unplugged it.
- Then I notice my cable box was out, so I called the cable people they replaced the cable box.
- Now when you unplug the icebox the lights go out, Or if you plug something else in some of the lights will get dimmed, or very bright.
- We changed many plug ins and switches but that did not fix the problem, and we did not find anything wrong with the wiring.
- The electric tester measured readings are sometimes 190volts, or 64volts, or 120volts like it should be.
Help, I’m scared of a fire!
This Electrical Wiring Question came from: Mary, a Homeowner from LaRose, Louisiana.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mary.
What to do about Abnormal Electrical Voltage Problems
Application: Testing Intermittent Power Problems and Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Advanced – Should be performed only by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and may require the local utility company or electric service provider.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Multimeter.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and troubleshoot and inspect electrical circuits and electrical system components.
Precaution: Depending on the symptoms, identify the main panel or panel circuit in question, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Burnt or damaged electrical wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Common Electrical Power Problems that Affect Voltage
The following list describes some typical electrical problems that may cause many of the occurrences you have described about your home.
- Problem with the Electric Panel
There may be a problem with your electrical service panel where a splice or connection has been lost with one of the main power lines.
- Electrical Utility Company
Contact the electrical utility company and explain these situations and ask them to check their side of your electrical service.
- Electrical Tests and Evaluations
The solution is to have a qualified electrician come out and make a few tests to identify the problem and get it repaired for you.
- Dangerous Electrical Problem
This condition is nothing to mess around with, and should be taken care of right away.
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This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
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My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
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