Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit Problems?

I have low power, it takes a long time to charge things and the ceiling fan in the living area turns slowly. The dishwasher and garbage disposal no longer work. I am using a strip because the plugs do not work in my kitchen. I cannot afford to have an electrician come to my home. I need advice, but cannot afford the equipment to check outlets. I am a single woman now and love my home. Any advice besides spending a ton of money?


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April 18, 20160 found this helpful

Power is voltage multiplied by current. Voltage is supplied by your utility and current is determined by the load you place on the circuit. If you have "low power" it is possible you have low voltage. Since some devices are constant power, a low voltage will force that device to pull more current and shorten the life of that device.

You say you use a strip to furnish power to your kitchen, so the power must be okay in some parts of your house.

One possible way this could be happening is if you lost the neutral to you house.


The neutral keeps the two legs at 120 VAC. If the neutral is disconnected to your house your voltage would be free to change such that you would still have 240 volts, but may have (100 and 140) or (60 and 180) or any such combination.

I know you can't spend a ton of money, but this is not something easily fixed. You could explain what is happening to your electrical utility to see if they would help but that still could incur a cost.

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