I know that this is not a forum for personal electrical questions, but I have a really strange situation going on. I took occupancy about three months ago of a small two family home, one unit per…Continue
"The California Energy Commission has a searchable appliance database that is quite extensive. Check out their MAEDBS database. MAEDBS stands for Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System. It might tell you what your appliances should be…"
"If you do not have tools like amp meter or "kill a watt" or some way of tracking amps or watts. I have looked at the meter each 12 hr and grafted power useage. Then find out usage high and lows.
One job had a 30…"
"A Thermographer might be good to consult. Electrical use generally results in added heat somewhere. I had a customer call about a similar issue, over 5000 kwh in March for a 1200 sqft house. I did a thermal camera inspection and found that the…"
"First of all (as has been noted) it's good you are getting an electrician in there. The current configuration sounds like a hot mess.
That said, this electric use COULD be perfectly believable without dealing with an electrical defect.…"
"Jason's suggestion my be a quick way to isolate the high load, IF you have an old style meter that actually spins. Many utilities are converting to the Smart Meters that are digital and don't show instantaneous changes in load.
At 3257 KwH…"
Using an ammeter, I would measure each 'hot' conductor leaving the fuses. (Find an electrician that can help, if you are not comfortable or familiar with this).
With everything turned off (appliances, devices, etc.), measured…"
"Check out the DHW unit. What temperature is the water entering and leaving the unit? How old is the unit? What shape is it in? If your temperature leaving the unit is over 120, you have some of the usage. Get it turned back…"
"With regard to the outside lighting - zero outside lighting, in fact the lighting in the basement as well as for the exterior outlets and lights doesn't work, I am thinking that it was never re-wired into the panels possibly when they merged…"
"My inclination would be to start with the water heater and the refrigerators. You are looking for a 4 kW load. or more. That could be a water heater with a water leak, or a refrigerator that isn't working well. Also, some…"
"What about a hot water plumbing leak? I would expect on the order of 5,000 kWh per year with typical usage on an electric tank water heater. But if there's a plumbing leak, then who knows...Also check for hidden electric resistance heat, in…"
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