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Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit Problems

My lights got really bright. Then the TV and VCR were smoking and the bulb in my lamp was smoking. Anybody know why?

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November 12, 20170 found this helpful

You probably had a surge. Get a surge protector and plug your electronics in there.

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November 12, 20170 found this helpful

I had them plug into one. I replaced plugs and switches. We turned everything back on and I had the oven going. All of the sudden, the lights got real bright like before so I turned the breakers off again. Help!

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November 13, 20170 found this helpful

I really think you need to contact an electrician immediately. This sounds very dangerous, not to mention probably causing damage to any electronics that were plugged in during the surge.

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You might contact the fire department to see if they have any advice. I accidentally broke my bathtub plumbing once as a new homeowner and I called 911 because I didn't know what to do. The fire department came out and actually installed my new faucet for me while they were there. Or maybe call your power company? It could be that the problem is not in your house at all.

Good luck and do let us know what you find out. Hopefully, someone else will have some advice. Stay safe!

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November 14, 20170 found this helpful

Everyone here is right. But let me throw this in. If you are renting, your landlord/manager is to be contacted first. They might have a maintenance crew on site, or use a certain company that gives them a break on after-hour calls.

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Certainly the fire dept. can give you some help, and the fire marshal can come out.
However, if you circumvent the chain of command, esp' if it's in your lease to not do so, there might be toes that are stepped on and no one wants that.
Please let us know what the problem was and that it got fixed??
PBP

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November 15, 20170 found this helpful

There could be a few reasons this has happened:

  1. Your electric meter has a short and is giving off to much AMP for your home. In the US the AMP from a meter is 120V for your home circuit of 110V. If the electric meter is surging and giving off more than 120V output, then the lights will dim, go bright and anything that is connected to your wall sockets will start to smoke and burn.
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  3. There is one or more fuses in your electrical box that is shorting out and surging your home electricity. This is causing a surge of electricity to pass into your home and anything that plugs into this fuse will start to burn.
  4. There is a short in one of the wires in your home. Some wires run through the ceiling can be eaten by rats. If this has happened and gotten wet or moved, it can cause a short inside your home.

If you are a home owner I would recommend going to your fuse box and shutting off the fuses to your home. Especially the ones that go to the wall outlets and lights in the room that is shorting out on you.
Call the electric company or your landlord. The electrical meter in your home needs to be tested immediately.
You need an electrician to come to your home to check the fuses in your fuse box and the wiring in your ceiling or walls. If you are renting your landlord needs to get someone out there immediately before you have an electrical fire in your home.

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To prevent a fire until you can have the electrical circuit, meter, and fuses checked go to your fuse box and turn off all the fuses. Now start to turn one on at a time. See where the fuse goes. If it is not in the room that has the issue leave it on. However, if it's in the room with the problem, leave it off.

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November 24, 20170 found this helpful

I would call an electrician that could be a fire hazard.There could be problems with the wiring inside the walls.

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