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Partial Power Outage

Hello. We recently purchased a 53 y/o home. The lights started flickering and going off yesterday in 1/2 of our home, including 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, the hallway lights, the heater, and the oven. For some odd reason, starting the oven seems to then provide power for the lights in that 1/2 of the house to turn on, even if all we do is flick the oven power on and off for a second. However, the lights may last only seconds, or persist for hours. Any ideas what's going on and what we can do to fix this?

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Re: Partial Power Outage

This could be very dangerous.

I would first call your electric company and ask if they have any problems with their lines, etc. We recently had this problem at our home and it was in their circuits.

My mother in law had a similar problem and we caught it in time. In her house, several outlets showed extremely low voltage and the others showed extremely high voltage.

It turned out to be a bad neutral connection on the line going from the pole to the house. The electric company fixed it at no charge.

Also, you or someone you know should measure the voltages coming out of your outlets, or call an electrician right away.

You may have a loose circuit breaker or a bad connection somewhere your electrical panel or elsewhere in your neutral line.

This can lead to destruction of your appliances or even a fire, so please don't delay.

We're happy to help and we appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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