Electrical Problems?

So the lights dim and the tv turns off whenever the Refrigerator turns OFF. I could understand a high load condition causing this when the fridge turns on but its the opposite, lights get brighter when the fridge kicks in and they dim when it turns off. Any ideas?

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    It sounds like you have a bad neutral wire connection. This could be a common neutral wire for the fridge and the lights / TV or it could be a bad connection with the neutral wire for the whole house.

    If it's a bad connection on the neutral for the whole house then check in the service panel where the bare silver colored wire connects. The problem could also be outside at the transformer connection. For a common neutral, make sure all of the white neutral wire connections are tight in the service panel. Of course, if you don't know what you are doing it would be better not to open the service panel but rather have an electrician look at it.

    Also, for a common neutral wire, you would need to check each connection along the neutral wire's route to make sure everything is tight and in good condition.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Check for good connections at the service panel.

  • 2 months ago

    The only thing that quickly comes to mind is that the fridge plug may be wired with the hot & neutral reversed, where it is part of a 3 wire circuit with the lights and tv circuit.

    I haven't got the time to work that scenario out right now, but you might want to check that out because it's on the verge of dangerous if that's the case..

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