I have problems of voltage fluctuations and lost my fridge today. At wit's end, as this has become a menace. Please help.

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    Can you provide a bit more detail. Jun 28, 2021 at 1:59
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    Almost too easy for me to close (due to privileges based on specific tag), but the post I used as a close target has a good chance of getting you to the solution. Basically, a lost neutral results in your 240V loads correct but 120V all too high or too low and frequently changing based on what else is plugged in - which can fry equipment and wreak havoc. If you can post some voltage readings this can be likely confirmed - and in any case is a utility company call - report an outage (since it is one of the three wires from the utility "out"). They'll come out quickly (unless you are in Jun 28, 2021 at 2:31
  • the middle of a major weather event) and figure it out. Jun 28, 2021 at 2:31
  • I found a similar situation many years ago at a very large residence in a wealthy section of town. I called the electric company and they confirmed that there was a loose "neutral" in the electric vault of that residence. They corrected the problem right away.
    – d.george
    Jun 28, 2021 at 9:23
  • Yeah, the fact that you lost an appliance tells me you have voltages above 120V, as described in the linked answer. Generally that type of problem has 3 phases: I) realizing that this is the problem, II) figuring out what you want to do about it, and III) fixing it. Phase I takes potentially weeks of time. Phase II is entirely up to you. I've seen people take weeks there; I recommend 30 seconds. Phase III takes an hour for the PoCo to send an emergency truck, unless they just had an ice storm or hurricane. Jun 28, 2021 at 15:49


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