Loss of Power?
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1. If all, or half, of your power is out you may have a problem on the utility company (JEA, FPL, Beaches) side of the service.Half power would be if some of the lights do not work and none of your 240 volt appliances work, specifically your A/C, Heat, Range, Water Heater and Dryer.If all of these appliances are out at the same time, you have lost a phase, and this may be a JEA, FPL or Beaches Electric problem.Did you know it is a free check for JEA or any of the other utlity companies to check power to your unit. It's worth the free check, call JEA @ 665-6000.
If you have all of your 240 volt appliances working, but just some lights and outlets working go to Self Help this will help you get started and may help you solve your problem.
2. If you have all of your appliances working, but some lights are bright and others are dim, you may have a lost neutral. You may even experience blown light bulbs in some areas with this condition.This lost neutral is one of the worst electrical conditions to experience. As, with loss of one leg, or phase, there just will not be the power to operate lights, equipment, etc; and the loss of power condition usually does not do damage.
With a lost neutral though, the 120 volts on both phases that are supposed to be present can turn into 160 volts on one phase and 80 volts on the other phase. Both of these, the high and the low, voltages on your system can do extreme damage to electronic equipment especially computers and TV's.
At this point, disconnect all sensitive electronic equipment until this condition is repaired. Light bulbs are cheap compared to equipment, so don't worry about the lights. And, you will need some 120 volt items working in order to diagnose and locate the problem.
If you have JEA, or any other utility company, check this first, when they arrive to perform there check, make certain to have them check the power to your service with as much load on as possible, except for your electronic equipment. Do this, because if the load is light and balanced everything will seem normal and the condition will disappear, causing a misdiagnosis.Washer and refrigerator motors can handle the unbalance voltage for short periods of time. So, if the condition is not present during check out with just lights, turn on the washer, as it is a good heavy 120 volt load to unbalance the system for the check out. Caution, do not attempt this with the newer computerized or digital appliances, as they too can be damaged.
This is a, sometimes, difficult condition to diagnose and locate. To be honest with you, this condition should really be checked out and repaired by a qualified electrician.
3. You can always call on us anytime in the process at which you feel uncomfortable in proceeding. We will take over from where ever you wish.
Just Call: Liberty Electrical Contractors, Inc. State License EC0001729 @ (904)745-1850