Hi all, some advice if you may - I appear to be getting voltage drops
on my electricity supply - I think this is referred to as a
"brownout". Basically at fairly regular intervals the lights dim or if
I'm using something like a vacuum cleaner the motor labours - it only
happens for a few seconds and only seems to affect normal (non-energy)
I've contacted YEDL (I'm in North Yorkshire) and am awaiting a
response from them, however a couple of questions for those in the
know (as this group has many).
Although these brownouts don't appear to be anything more than a
slight nuisance, should I be worried about electrical equipment damage
within the house (my sky+ box has been playing up recently re-setting
itself for no apparent reason).
Could the cause of these fluctuations be anything to do with
appliances within my property (i.e. something draining excessive
I've asked my neighbours and they've experienced similar effects and
say their kettle recently packed in and when they went to the local
curry's the salesman told them that it'd failed due to a power surge
and that many others in the had reported similar kicthen appliance
problems recently. Not sure on how accurate that is but I suppose it
answers the question as to whether I'm the only person experiencing
this, clearly I'm not.
So what could be causing this? I know that YEDL are using helicopters
to check power lines in the Yorkshire area, but I didn't think that
would cause power disruptions, could it?
Any advice would be most welcome.
- posted 12 years ago