Power Flux (Dimming)
OK, here is my problem. I live in a newly constructed house. They are building a new house right next door. I am seeing a power flux (dimming) in my lights whenever any of the following occurs:
- I turn on the A/C in my house
- I turn on the washing machine in my house
- the compressor next door kicks on (for their nail gun and/or other tools)
The compressor next door is hooked up to a temporary post on the street. I have had my electrician come look along with the utility company. The utility company says that the house is getting plenty of power. So now, short of getting another electrician in here, trying to figure out what the problem could be (and if my electrician, who is the one who did the wiring during construction, doesn't know what he's doing). Most of the lights in the house are 60W if that matters.
Any thoughts on what the problem might be? I would think that given the proper wiring that I shouldn't see any kind of power flux.
Thanks for the help in advance.
Even in a new house, the start up of a large A/C compressor can cause a momentary slump, which could cause some flickering or dimming.
The washing machine, or something next door, should NOT.
Did the utility company actually come out and look at the situation?
The only definitive test is to install a volts and amps recorder on your panel. You can probably rent that equipment, but it won't be cheap.
This can be absolutely normal, even in a new house.
What relevance does the house next door have? Are you implying that that is somehow the cause?
The utility company came out twice. The first time to upgrade the wire from the street to the box on the house. The second time they checked the voltage and said I was getting the full amount. I asked if the distance from the transformer/pedestal was too far and they said no (only b/c other houses on the street were set up that way).
As for the house next door, the flux is being caused by the air compressor that is hooked up to the temporary post for the other house. Could there be an issue with how the temporary is set up too?
If the wires are correctly sized for the load and the connections are all tight all along the path to the load, unless the transformer supplying the house(s) is undersized, the voltage should be pretty stable.
My home is wired with ALL #12 for lighting and receptacle branch circuits, and the circuits are pretty well laid out.
I STILL get lighting dimming when the refer, A/C, pool pump, etc, kick on.
Even if there is an "issue" (not sure what this means) with the setup next door, what do you propose is done? The POCO and electrician have both looked at it.
Be careful, if you're not really nice you'll get a nasty PM, like I did. :p
Originally Posted by swami69
Maybe adding a Flux Capacitor would help.
The only way the neighbor's AC could affect your lighting is if the power TO the transformer is inadequate, because both wires should be connected to the transformer, NOT to each other. Can your penguin tell if I am pregnant?
HJ, the LINUX Pingu knows all. he just said you are too old to become pregnant, but still young enough to cause it.:p
Originally Posted by hj
Bad dude and Tux seem to waffle
ah, Don went ahead and put up another icon
so easy, even an old fart can do it.
Originally Posted by BobL43
It is amazing what a Flux Capacitor can do.
Especially if it a poly-phase Tantilum
Originally Posted by DonL
That is the type that I use.
Originally Posted by BobL43
I have no voltage or current drop with the poly-phase Tantilum type.
In fact it made my Voltage and Current go up a bit.
I just wish they did not cost so much and were easier to get.
I guess new technology does cost a little more.