SUBJECT: on same circuit: refrig & dimmer-switch (kaput!):
(DPDT): Leviton burns out too fast! Other kind?
QUESTION: dimmer-robustness and single-vs-double-control dimmers
After working fine for seven or eight years, the Leviton "three-way"
slider-type finally stopped working. (No problem: like all of us, it
had to die *sometime*!)
So I went out and bought another Leviton $10 "three-way" (ie DPDT), but
this one worked via only a *single* control, a twist-knob that
you click-push-in to toggle it between on and off.
Installed it on Sunday, it worked fine that evening and all day
Monday, but by yesterday (Tuesday) morning it was already gone,
wouldn't turn on.
KAPUT -- AFTER ONLY TWO DAYS!
(Circuit itself *seems* to be OK; an OLD REFRIGERATOR is
plugged into it -- AND HAS KEPT WORKING.)
QUESTION: *Could* there being a problem from having the REFRIGERATOR on
the same circuit (and has been for the seven or so years)?
(If so, by what mechanism?)
Before I go buy and (what a pain!) install *another* dimmer,
I thought I'd see what the gurus here had to say.
Ideas? Any brands more robust than Leviton?
Or, even within the eg Leviton brand, are some models inherently more
rugged than others? (Cost more? How much more?)
Something "boss" is worried about, and wants to call (at least $100)
So -- what liklihood that the circuit-itself *has* gone bad, and
perhaps become a fire hazard, and an eletrician *is* needed?
Or, is the recommendation to wait until we try another dimmer,
and if *that* fails, then call the eletrician?
All suggestions, comments, obversations welcome!
- posted 16 years ago