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Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit Problems?

Five or 6 months ago my florescent lights (3 pairs of 2 tubes) would try to come on, then work. Weeks later only one pair would work. The other 2 sets would try, I think. I've let this problem go on far too long and can't remember. Then for a few months they worked. Now they are back to doing worse. One set flickers then they all turn pink at the edges. Now, the plug-ins in the 2 bathrooms upstairs which are back to back and the one below, downstairs, don't work. Just yesterday, the downstairs bath light would go off for a couple minutes and then come back on. The GFCI has the wires attached and button does trip. I flipped the breakers off and on. No luck. I replaced the circuit breaker that I thought was bad. No luck. I bought a voltage meter and all read about 123 amps. I found out a neighbor in the cul-de-sac behind me has been feeding a family of raccoons. Could they have eaten through part of the wires, maybe some outside? If so, do you think the power company could find out?

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September 10, 20190 found this helpful

My guess is it is not the raccoons, because you would be having issues with the whole house...power lines from the outside feed the whole house, not just some areas.

You could always have the electric company do an outside check.

After that, my go to would be to call a pro in and have him look. It does sound like you are very handy, but when you reach your limit, it is time to call in a pro for safety sake.

We have had two fires in my town caused by electrical issues which is why I never suggest anything other than calling in a pro. Both were related to DIY fixes.

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September 10, 20190 found this helpful

The fluorescent lights may need a ballast. I would call the power company to check the wires going from them to your home. If that is OK, then you need a qualified electrician to fix the wiring in your home.

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September 10, 20190 found this helpful

If you were only having trouble with one outlet/light or even one room, I would suggest you try some DIY troubleshooting but you seem to be having problems in several places and I agree that you should have an electrician check out the problem.

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There are times when it is best to turn a problem over to the pro's and this seems to be one of those times.

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