Power Quality and Your Home Electronic Devices
Why does my neighbor’s ac unit make my lights flicker? How Power Quality and Power Conditioners help protect Home Electrical Devices.
Power Quality Problems Can Damage Electronic Devices
Electrical Question: Why does my neighbor’s ac unit make my lights flicker?
A new house is being built next door. They just installed the heating and air conditioning units. When the neighbor’s ac units turn on, my lights flicker.
- The Electric Provider is telling me this is normal, but I have never had this situation in the 5 other homes I have owned over the last 20 years.
This electrical wiring question came from: Phil, a Homeowner from Wheaton, Illinois.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Phil.
How to Have Great Electrical Power Quality
Flickering lights are not normal. This is an indication that most likely your home’s electrical power and the new home are connected to the same transformer which is now under rated and needs to be replaced with a larger one.
How Power Quality and Power Conditioners help protect Home Electrical Devices
- Call your electrical utility provider and tell them what you are experiencing and they should come out and replace the existing transformer.
- In the mean time your dealing with a Power Quality condition, so if you have sensitive electronic devices in your home I would purchase some surge protector plug strips and plug these devices in for protection.
- By the way, if you are not satisfied with the response from the electrical utility company then look up your state Public Utilities Commission, discuss the situation with them and find out what the acceptable level of power is for your area, then ask them to come out and place a monitor on your electric service.
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Power Quality for Your Home
Home electrical power quality articles help you prevent power quality occurrences that can damage your home and appliances. Understanding the threats and installing the right power quality protection will help prevent electrical power quality problems.
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