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Hi Guys, I've made this video (link below) to highlight an electric issue in my house. I wonder if any of you know what the issue is? I am going to call out an electrician but I would love to know your thoughts. Thank you for your time :) Ian
 
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Nice video :) Seems to highlight the issue quite well

How is power delivered to your house? Overhead or underground? Does the service head feel warm where the cable enters and around the fuse?

Since the meter is resetting/reporting an error I suspect it's a loose connection on the supply side of the meter (I'm guessing Low U equates to Low Voltage indicating a brown out or black out situation).
 
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thank you, its underground. I've not touched the fuse. Do you think I should call somebody from the national grid before I get an electrician out?
 
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I have had eon out once and they installed a new meter, but when the guy left the problem stared again?
 

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The only other questions I have are... what happens if you add low power items building up the load to something like the blender? Is it only the blender that causes it or does say the kettle result in the same thing?
 
Yes, in this scenario I agree it looks like it's "upstream" of the meter, i.e. DNO territory so call them first.
 
The only other questions I have are... what happens if you add low power items building up the load to something like the blender? Is it only the blender that causes it or does say the kettle result in the same thing?
Another interesting question ... though to be honest a ~1kW load isn't exactly high, is it?! And are lights, for example, also affected when higher demand is made of the system? Or just the circuit with the blender / kettle?
 
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I've tried that and any high power item I plug in causes the problem, a computer, a plasma telly. Also I've tried isolation areas by turning kitchen sockets off and front room sockets on with the consumer unit and it still happens in whatever zone I isolate. So it happens on my kitchen sockets and my front room sockets. The consumer box never trips out. I've also spoke with neighbours and there electricity supply is fine.
 
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When I turn all the zones on, lights, front room sockets, kitchen sockets, the whole house receives intermittent power, the lights flicker. Also nothing on the consumer unit trips out.
 

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Another interesting question ... though to be honest a ~1kW load isn't exactly high, is it?! And are lights, for example, also affected when higher demand is made of the system? Or just the circuit with the blender / kettle?
Loose N in the CU.
 

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If the meter has already been changed by the Energy supplier, EON, they would have had the Main fuse out and hopefully would have checked the outgoing cable terminations at the fuse / neutral.

If they did then it can only be a loose connection into the Fuse cutout or underground cable fault.

For Hull it's Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire.
 
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