I recently have been having a lot of electrical problems in my house, and
was wondering if it could be due to power surges, and if so, how would I
detect the surges, where they're coming from, and how would I fix them.
The problems have all occured in the last month, and include a Christmas
light timer which sometimes turns on and off lights (and sometimes starts
them flashing...) at random times, my alarm system keeps going off for no
reason, my garage door opener sometimes opens the garage for no reason, and
an X10 switch has stopped working. This has all happened in the last month
or so, so save a poltergiste, I think something may have happened.
So my questions exactly are:
1) How do you detect power surges? I don't even know who to call, or what
2) If there is a problem, and it's coming from the outside line, what can I
do? (or is Ontario Hydro responsible at that point?)
3) If there is a problem and it's coming from inside, is there any easy way
to determine which device it's coming from
One more concern -- I replaced a few plugs in the house, and noticed that
the previous owner had done some wiring he wasn't really qualified to do (a
couple of plugs with the live and neutral wired the wrong way, and one that
wasn't even grounded!). I'm not overly concerned because we haven't had any
problems for a year now, but could a short circuit or non-grounded circuit
cause this problem?