Tip & How-To about Refrigerators
I would like to suggest to those that don't have the ability to read the 5 dial electric meter to contact thier electial compnay and have thier meter replaced with a digatal meter. it starts from ooooooooo and starts counting foward when it is plugged in, there meters cost nothing to get the power company to replace them. with the digatal meter you van easily read how much power you use per day or per week or month. Since it has only numbers it makes it much easier to read it also allows you to see if your using more energy than you should be. When you tun on the electric heater you can watch how fats it moves, this helps you determine what is your highest usage appliance in the house. Also if you have a refridgerator or freezer thats going bad it will give you an ideal of weather you need to replace it or not. As the price of electricty continues to rise it will hel you troubleshoot what device is giving you trouble. If you have a dish washer or a garbage disposale that uses a lot of enegry you will know you need to replace it right away. These two devices can burn up energy because the are grounded out to the water pipes and could cause you to use double the electricty you would normaly use due to grounding out to the water pipe. This can also be caused by the water heater you could have a duel element and have one burned out and it would burn up the electricty twice as much. Mosy would use 3000 watts of power together but with one shorted straight to ground only one element would heat up and the other would just ground out and cause the power to burn up at three times it's normal rate. This is a good suggestion for someone who has a high electrial bill, and this is one the electrial companies are not likely to catch. Hope this hepes some folks out there. You can turn off all circut breakers except for the main and read the meter if the meter moves with all other breakers off here are the reasons that could cause this problems. if you live in the country your water well is connected bypassing the main pannel and connecting directly to the meter. so the water meter may not cost you anything. however if the meter still moves you would need to call an electrical as you have a short in the main pannel to ground.
Next turn the breakers on one at a time and see how fast the turn, if you find one that turns faster than the rest this will be your ciruct you have a prloblem with.
There is one exception and thats any 220V breakers that may draw more because of havig two hot wires instead of one. If you turn one on and it really turns fast that circuit could have a problem. The wire could be going to an outside building and buried directly into the dirt. There are may places around the world that will eat threw the insulation and cause the electric wire to have the plastic eaten. This being the case it would not show a short it would ground it to earth and use more electricticity. This advise will help you to read your electic bill and hell you test indivdual ciruits without the help of special tools. I hope this has been of use to many of you who do not know how to to work with electricity but are able to read the numbers in order to know that you have a problem and can show an electrian to save yourself some money.
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