Electricity trouble

Netherlands
November 15, 2011 6:55am CST
I am living in this house now for 7 years. 7 Years of electricity problems so many (expensive) machines got broke. Two washingmachines (the second just again for the second time), 2 dishwashers (don't use them anymore), laptop. computer, tv, oven, etc etc. It's a never ending story. There are periods the lights are not working, saving lamps are only fine for some weeks, never the years they should be. After weeks of not working the lamps suddenly work fine again. I am already asking the house owner 7 years to check/fix this problem but it seems there is nothing wrong. Today someone dropped by to fix the washing machine. Well it could not be fixed. Although one display was burned through (not really needed to wash with if you play it smart) there seemed to be not enough power (only 174 instead of the 220 volt needed). So the man went with me to check it out over there and the neighbours only had 172 volt. So it's useless to let my washing machine repair again, I had to pay 66 euro just for this visit and I wonder what to do next :-( Moving out I guess?
3 people like this
13 responses
• India
15 Nov 11
The soonest you possibly can. Come on, you have been having problems for 7 years and have lost lots of money then what the heck? I certainly wouldn't wait that long enduring all that. We keep getting issues with appliances too. Many a time, I'm the mechanic. . I fix some issues with plumbing, mechanical stuff etc myself. But electrical? No. We call the guy. And just watch. Because not every one understands the stuff. We lost the batteries on our inverter tough after prolonged trouble which no guy could fix properly. It costs half the price of the inverter to get new batteries. . Got to get them though! I suggest you must find a new place soonest. Good Luck.
• Netherlands
15 Nov 11
I am afraid that is the only option. The guy who wanted to repair to washingmachine and made me pay for nothing just called back. He says I have to see if there is an error message on the screen. What error message if the machine doesn't get any electricity and I can't switch it on? I can let the display repair so there is a small light shining but according to this guy it would not help if there is something else broke. The machine not working is different from the display not working. Repair of the display: 40 euro + 170 euro working time.. and no guarantee it will work. I already payed 66 so I think I can buy a new machine from that money as well. Which is useless since that will probably get broke too. I wonder if the houseowner is the one I can get responsible for it, I assume it's the one who is delivering the electricity and once put those lines over there? I will sleep over this and think out what to do next. It's hard to find an other place to live, and moving out will cost money too.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
16 Nov 11
That is very unfortunate. I am very sorry for your trouble. We have problems with our lights who ever did the wiring in this house did not do a good job. Our kitchen light will sometimes not turn on, and sometimes it won't turn off, then it will be fine. Our bathroom light will go on but it will just suddenly shut itself off for no reason, and our basement light above the stairs only works occasionally, it is a real pain, we do seem to have enough power, except we lose power every thanks giving because we have all the appliances going at once plus a roaster plugged in and it always seems to pop the circuit, now put the roaster out in the garage and the turkey cooks out there, but one year the circuit for the garage area kept popping too and it took forever to get that that turkey cooked.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
16 Nov 11
I guess 7 years is along time to have and endure all these problems. One thing you should have tried a long tome ago, is surge protectors. They will keep the electrical power steady, so that appliances are OK. Other than that I can't tell you what to do. Moving out is the best option, unless you have money issues. On the other hand buying a new TV, washer every now and then is more expensive. For how long will you go on spending if electricians cannot find the problem? There is always a solution, maybe find a better electrician.
• Indonesia
16 Nov 11
You lived 7 years in house with electricity problem. It is such a long time. We've also had the same problem here. The electricity does not work at a certain period of time. We've limited power so it does often not work and we're bored. We got new power and the problem nearly gone, but still the problem comes back each seven day. It can't be denied that electricity problem take place anywhere in the world. Anyway, I was curious where you're from ? Thank You and Good Luck
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
16 Nov 11
In India everyone is facing this problem because coal problem is here and daily 3 to 4 hours no electricity. But in our house inverter is here so no problem about electricity.
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
Since the owner is not taking this seriously,i think it will be better if you move out before something worst happen.Its not good to live in the house with electricity problem,you don't know what will happen in the next hour.In other case you will be thankful that only your appliances got burned instead of the whole house and all your things in it. best thing to do is to move out. Before its too late
@bunnybon7 (37734)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Nov 11
thats terrible. must be driving you nuts. cant you sue the responsible party? like the electric company or the landlord? at least get some money back for all you've lost.
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
15 Nov 11
I think it`s a very big problem.It may not even be the owner`s fault but the electrical company`s fault.Because you are sharing the same line with a lot of your neighbours and probably the power they gave you is not enough for how many electrical things everyone has. If the tension is fluctuating that is even worse,most of the electrical things will break because of the fluctuation not because of the low tension. There are some things called electrical stabilizers.They can deliver and maintain the same 220 V tension and they should work well with a 170V tension .The problem is you will still need an electrician to tell you which one you should buy, they cost some money (probably from 100 to 250 euro here they can be more expensive in there ) and they only have 1 year guarantee (they are made in China so i don`t know how good they are ).So that can solve your problem on the short term but on the long term it`s most likely the electrical company`s fault.And at least here it will take years to convince them it`s their fault.
@narthan (326)
• India
15 Nov 11
Yes I agree that you have got a serious problem and it even makes you think ten times before you decide to buy any electric appliance because of your electricity problem. I would suggest you for a good voltage stabilizer so that your appliances are safe even if the voltage fluctuations are too much in your house
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
15 Nov 11
I think you should really consider to move out. So many expensive machines got broken. How much more are you willing to spend for that house It's wasting your money already plus the tension it gives you. I hope you can shift to a new house that would not give you such trouble again.
@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
15 Nov 11
I'm not electrician but seem like you have drop in electric power. This problem may come from central or from the electricity network in your home. I think you should ask your neighbors first about this problem. If they don't experience this problem, it mean your power came from electricity network in your house. You should ask electrician to help you to find and fix the real problem. If you keep tolerance about this problem, that can cost you more than electrical tool in the future.
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
15 Nov 11
I am NOT an electrician, nor claim to be...but I do own my own home, am quite isolated...so have to be self-reliant! Your home, definitely needs a NEW, upgraded electrical system...all of your new equipment cannot draw enough power to function at capabilities! Too little power is as detrimental as "power surges"! I do not think "power bars" would be of any help, to you! I am sorry to say, I think you have been more than tolerant..and it is time for you to search for a new dwelling! Unless this system is upgraded, all of your power dependent equipment will fail! Put your foot down! I wish you the best of luck!
@nezavisima (7417)
• Bulgaria
15 Nov 11
very serious problem. I have not had any problems. I do not know what to tell you should definitely look pomoshtpomosht because he will not be able to handle. success. nice day!