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Had a bad lightning strike nearby,power is now back on but refrigerator has no electric.i checked all the fuses.

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You need to check power at your recepticle with an inexpensive plug tester. Cost is about $4.00 a a hardware store. Good luck

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    i have power at the outlet.

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Will a nearby lightning strike cause a power board failure?

It could happen yes it would depend where the strike entered the TV. Not all lighting strikes hit on the electrical lines, on a TV they can come through the cable, as well as a antenna if you have one hooked up.

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If the lightbulb burns out in a whirlpool duet gew9250pw1 dryer will that cause it to quit working

Generally, a burnt-out bulb will not stop the dryer from working. However, the bulb may have failed due to a power surge. In that case, you'll have to check the components that could have also been damaged.
First, check that the circuit breakers are on. (There may be two breakers for an electric dryer.) Next, is the drum turning or does the unit not start. If the control board buttons aren't responding, the electronic control is likely bad or the wiring harness has an issue. If you aren't getting heat, you need to check the thermal fuse (thermal cut-offs), wiring, thermostat (high temp limit) and element. A multi-meter will tell you if the fuses have the appropriate resistance (10-30 Ohms).

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Our electricity went out for a few minutes, and since then the TV will not turn on. The green light is flashing. We tried resetting it by pushing a pen point into the reset hole, but it does nothing. ...

Your power outage may have been caused by a nearby lightning strike, or any number of
1000 different reasons that cause power surges, brown-outs, voltage spikes, inductive loading,
and/or utility pole breaker trips and resets (this accounts for your power loss (a pole breaker trip),
followed by restoration of power (the pole breaker automatically reset) - even plain old high electrical demand causing an overload due to air conditioning demands caused by hot weather.
When the pole breaker reset, your TV caught a power surge.
Whenever a power outage occurs, quickly power off (or better, unplug) any/all computers, TVs,
etc. that are not protected by surge-protection.
As an electrician, when someone loses an item of electronics concommitant to an electrical
anomaly, its almost
always traceable to a nearby lightning strike (or the power company provided equivalent), accompanied by inadequate surge protection for
the VCR/TV/Computer/Stereo/uninsured valuable electronic item/XBOX 360/Nintendo Wii.
Surge protection can
be provided by the consumer at the power strip (a good one with builtin MOV protection and a
warranty costs $20, whereas a zero-protection 4-outlet or 6-outlet power strip will cost $4-$5).
Your electrician can provide whole-house surge protection where a whole-house MOV-based (metal oxide varistor) surge protector, or per-circuit protection can be installed with
a GFCI breaker (or better, an AFCI breaker) can be installed.
GFCI = ground fault circuit interruptor
AFCI = Arc fault circuit interruptor
Lightning protection is especially important in Florida, which is the "lightning capital of the world."
I've never found a good solution to lightning-fried electronics (random power supply components are destroyed and/or fuse blown), other than renters insurance or homeowners insurance.

Your only real hope for an economical fix is to look for a blown fuse, and replace it.

If desperate to attempt a fix on your own, you could try replacing the entire TV power supply as a module, but even this provides
no guarantee of a fix - lightning damage can extend beyond the power supply.
When traveling, I will always unplug everything before I leave (except the security system),
and also turn off the breakers to unneeded house circuits (which kills the wall switches that
control interior lighting - forcing a burglar to use their flashlight instead of interior lighting)
which is the least convenient lightning protection, but highly effective, and cheap (free).

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The most likely explanation is the high voltage from the lightning has probably zapped the sensitive electronics. It is however worth checking all the fuses are OK
I hope I have been of help but please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.

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My fridge was damage by high voltage of electricity is doesn't switch on at all ,Model sv2118si 660 litre Sumsung


When you say that your fridge/ white goods appliance was damaged by high voltage, we need to exactly what the voltage source was that did the deed.

If you are talking about a bigger voltage input source, from the mains suupply, then it is likely you would have had a fuse within the plug that would have blown. This should be the first thing you will check regardless of the voltage.

If however, you are telling me that your house took an in-direct or worse still a direct whack from a lightning strike, then my dear friend you have quite possibly a totally deceased appliance. For a start, such a strike could melt your plug and possibly socket. The fuse inside the plug wouldnt be a relevant factor here; because if the lightning made it from the sky to the ground, I am sure it can cross a 40mm gap within a plug. Then the lightning surge would simply travel up the power cord, knock out your gas pump, stepdown transformer and any lights or motors within the appliance. The cost of changing every part here is not worth it. You would be better off claiming on insurance or simply buying new.

there are a few ways you can investigate what has caused this, and possibly cure the fault, unless it is a lightning strike of course that is responsibe.

The first thing to do here is dismantle the mains electricity plug that is attached to the fridge. Check the small fuse inside this to see if it is functioning. You can do this in many ways. The best I find is to get a multimeter or the appropriate tester and perform a continuity test. See this link below

If the fuse is broken, then change it and repeat the test; YOU MUST replace the fuse with what the original one from the manufacturer was.

If the fuse is working, then your fault is elsewhere and you will need to perform the above tests on various components relevant to your fridge.

The worst case scenarioo is the lightning strike; and in order to identify this, you will need to do one or two simple things.

Firstly, head to your main consumer unit (fusebox) and check that all of the fuses are in the "closed" or "on" position. Open fuses indicate a power surge or a short circuuit somewhere on your supply, but relevant to your fridge. RCD circuit breakers all narrow down the searching to one localised area. You should also do this test for identification of original fault.. The same for when you as above check your main fuses.

If the fuses on the consumer unit are "open", then either replace them if you have to, or you simply either push them back in or move them to the "closed" position. Also check that the consumer unit is not damaged in any way, as you would expect from having too much electricity put through it. Fire damage, warping, blackening, discoluration, bent or broken components are all good indicators of this.

Another test you may have to do, is simply look around your house. Has anything else been effected. If it has, then it is likely that it was a lightning strike or something equally as damaging, if no, then it could simply have been a power surge that only really effected your fridge. Even so, is any of your other electronic and white goods items behaving oddly? TV menu keeps appearing or going into standby? Is the lights on your DVD player behaving erratic or does discs keep being ejected at atrange times? What about your computer or laptop; do these strangely start playing up? If so, then either the lightning strike is to blame or you have had a powersurge.

Once you have done theseinvestigations please let me know the outcome and if it is negative, Iwill gladly advise you further.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and hopethis is the fixya for you;

Yours sincerely


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Sta-rite dura glas pool pump not getting power after lightning

You need to start checking for power from the breakers to the timer to the sw to the back of the motor. With a lightning strike it could have fried any one of these itims or all or a wire first shut your breaker to the pump off and turn back on to be sure it resets. then go down the line checking the power for 220 all the way through if your not comfortable with elect. call an expert. But where your power stops is where your problem is, and rember threr can be more than one.

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Hello Marie,
I am sorry to hear about your situation. Most tv's do have an internal fuse, so if you open the chassis (which is the back part of the tv and slide it out and away from your circuit boards) the fuse will be located where the cord comes into the circuit board. Look for burnt or scorched spots on your circuit board also while you have the back off. I am sorry to say that most often than not in cases of lightning strikes the damage is expensive to repair and replacement of the devices is usually cheaper. Since the strike got a lot of your devices, it is not looking good. If you have further questions or need more assistance please let me know and I will be more than happy to help.

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There is a fuse in the dryer for the heat.
Before tearing into the dryer, make sure the power getting to the dryer is absolutely correct. (check power with the dryer running) Even with incorrect power to the dryer. the drum will still turn but there will be no heat.
Many a person has paid for expensive service calls for the problem you are having only to discover by the servicer that there was nothing wrong with the dryer but had bad power to the dryer......

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