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Q. Why would I lose electricity in only one part of my house?

by on July 1, 2012

A. You could have tripped a circuit breaker, blown a fuse or have a broken connector or wire at one of the service leads to you house. Sometimes damage to these leads leaves only 120-volt outlets (or some of them) working. In this case, larger appliances that need 240-volt service — such as water heaters, air conditioners and ovens — may be inoperable until repairs are made.

It is safe to use the outlets you have available while you check with an electrician.

However, if some of your lights are extremely bright or extremely dim, you should avoid using outlets connected to these circuits to avoid potential damage to equipment. If there is a problem with a service lead to your home, our crews will repairs the wires when they arrive to restore service.

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