Old lake house frig

ILoveRedSeptember 8, 2012

Our lake house was built in 74. The refrigerator is old. Lately I have noticed that every time it kicks on the lights in the house dim significantly. The house is an old A frame that has been added on to twice.

Do you think its the refrigerator or do you think it's the wiring in the old house?

Any ideas?

Here's the old troublemaker. As I sit here typing, I feel like I'm in a horror movie.

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mike_kaiser_gw

It's probably the refrigerator. The compressor is getting old or is ready to fail and requires more and more electrical current to start.

You can rule out the circuit by plugging it into a different circuit.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 7:05AM
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ILoveRed

Do you mean plug it into a different outlet to see if the lights stop flickering?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:36PM
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ILoveRed

I can't just plug it into any outlet can I?

Doesn't it require a special outlet?

Thanks for any advice?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:50AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

You can plug it into another receptacle, just make sure the receptacle in on a different circuit. If it isn't convenient to move the refrigerator use a heavy duty extension cord.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:11AM
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ionized_gw

Are there any other large (motor) loads in the house?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 2:47PM
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ILoveRed

Mike--How do I know if the receptacle is on a different circuit?

Ionized--what do you mean by large motor loads? The house has a stackable w/d, a/c unit (rarely used), old electric range, small microwave, coffee pot, lots of ceiling fans, one old television (rarely used), 1600 sq ft

Thanks fellas!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 4:02PM
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dadoes

How do I know if the receptacle is on a different circuit? You have to know the electrical layout of your house.

Or, figure out which breaker shuts off the outlet that the refrigerator is on *now*, then plug it into a *different* outlet that *still works* while the breaker in question is *off*.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 5:16PM
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ionized_gw

Sorry, if there is a comparable load, it should also dim the lights if the refrig is operating correctly. If the frig compressor motor is going belly-up its current draw will increase as mike_kaiser suggested.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 5:45PM
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ILoveRed

Thanks guys, you are great. But, this stuff is way over my head. And hubby is not handy.

I think I will just call an electrician. It will be worth a couple of hundred bucks to have peace of mind.

Again, thank you.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 7:45PM
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