Friday, April 10, 2009

Subject: no lights in 3 bedrooms

Name: Rosario

Question: Please help us with this problem. All of a sudden, the lights in the 3 bedrooms of the house do not work. Checked the fuses in the circuit breaker panels - nothing is broken. Checked the circuit switches - turned them off and on. Made sure there is current coming in using a voltmeter. This is an old house .... the circuit breaker consists of an old one with fuse delays (circular orange fuses) and a newer one with switches.

Answer: HI Rosario,

I don't know if you are going to like this advice but the best way I can help you is to tell you you need to contact an electrician. You are in need of some updating if you are still running a fuse box in your home. In the mean time I would try to turn each circuit breaker off for 30 seconds and then turn it back on. Do this one at a time. Make sure all your light switches are in the off position and everything is unplugged. The you can try replacing every fuse.

Philadelphia is an old city. I still find some fuse boxes in some sections of this town. Mostly the The Germantown, Mount Airy, Chestnut hill sections. They are filled with older homes that have not been update in the same way the center city Philadelphia has. I really think your best option is to get some estimates for an new 100 or 200 amp electric service.

Zip codes of area mentioned in answer. (19118, 19119, 19144, 19129, 19102, 10130, 19107)

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