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Power Issues?
updated: Feb 01, 2013, 8:12 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Power issues?

Our electricity is acting strange in the upper San Roque area. The power isn't off but the voltage is down and everything electronic is going haywire. Anybody else having issues?

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 COMMENT 369755 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:19 AM

No.. BUT UNPLUG EVERYTHING!! Had the same thing happen a while back and the 63 volts we were getting (instead of 120) fried a bunch of our stuff

 

 COMMENT 369758 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:21 AM

especially your cable box and router!

 

 COMMENT 369760 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:23 AM

Unplug EVERYTHING stat!

 

 COMMENT 369770P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:30 AM

I think it's called a brown out, and yes, it's the worst possible thing for electronics. Unplug!

 

 COMMENT 369795 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:04 AM

My power has been low for a Friday. Headed to the coffeemaker immediately!

 

 COMMENT 369804 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:15 AM

Recently 1/2 the circuits in my house went out or were very low. The microwave would show the clock but couldn't fry anything. I called the electrician and he charged me $150 to confirm that it was corrosion on the incoming SCE wiring. The SCE wire brings in two hot wires and one neutral to enable you to run a 220 volt dryer if you have one. Half my circuits were wired to one hot wire, and the other half to the other hot line. One of the hot wires had corroded and so was only delivering very low voltage and almost no current to the devices plugged into that circuit. SCE came out and fixed it for free as it was a problem outside of the house, not inside. But I was still out the $150.

Am giving you this info in case you have a similar type problem....

 

 COMMENT 369839 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:03 AM

Do not try and clean the suggested corrosion yourself, you could die.

But sounds like a brown out, or corrosion issue

 

 COMMENT 369871P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:57 AM

Had a similar problem a while ago. Called SCE and they send someone out right away. There was a corrosion problem at the junction for the wire leading to my house. Fixed it right away. Call SCE, don't take suggestions from here.

 

 COMMENT 369873 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:57 AM

Monte Vista & Hope School have wonderful caring teachers :)

 

 COMMENT 369896P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:34 AM

If you took everyone's advice and unplugged everything (which I hope you did), it may be a while until you see this, but... And then consider an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) on your most valuable and vulnerable computer equipment. My computers last for decades because I insure they are on clean power and behind UPSes. My favorite is APC. UPSes have saved me thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours by protecting my computers from electrical glitches, which are unfortunately common in this area.

 

 COMMENT 369905 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:40 AM

Do you have a smart meter? This happened to my Mom sort of. Her thermostat was changing and she thought she was losing it. When she calles SCE they said they were running some tests. This is the sort of thing she was warned about and tried to stop them from installation.

 

 COMMENT 369956 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:13 PM

Could be the ballast from the metal halide lights from an indoor grow. They use all kinds of electricity, usually stolen.

 

 COMMENT 370045 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 05:06 PM

Smart meter making the thermostat change? Coo, coo.

 

 COMMENT 370056 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 05:20 PM

I am your local electrician and 24 hour troubleshooting specialist at Gils Electrical Service Inc. Free In-Home Estimates
805 358 5330

Licensed, Bonded, Insured

 

 COMMENT 370185 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:42 AM

Rodent issues

 

 COMMENT 370195 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 09:21 AM

045 you might want to read SCE's own website where they describe this feature (Smartmeter connect) You can change temp or turn appliances on and off from your phone ap or any computer. Do you honestly think SCE can't access your account?

 

 COMMENT 370312 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 04:23 PM

Turns out to be a blown up 1600 volt line. SCE has been working the issue for a day and half. On a positive note, they brought in a couple generators for our block so we have power while they work through the issues.

 

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