fuse gets extremely hot and lights flicker

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  1. candy74

    candy74 New Member

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    My lights started going dim then get bright so I had an electrician come check, he changed a main fuse that had blown but he said it was still making a connection and that was the problem, day later the lights are still doing the same thing. I went to the fuse box and the main fuse is extremely hot. I hope someone can give me an idea as to what may be causing this. I can't pay another 350.00 for someone to come out.
    Thanks in advance
  2. jacobsond

    jacobsond DIY Junior Member

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    There is to much current or poor or corroded connections.Call the electrician back before you have a fire. Any service man worth paying for should not charge full rate or much extra if the problem was not resolved from the 1st visit.You may need to change the fuse box for breakers because of the fuse boxes age and inability to repair. Now that will cost some$$$$$
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    A Fuse should not get Hot.

    If it does then there is a loose connection.

    Call him back and ask why ?
  4. candy74

    candy74 New Member

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    Thank you. I called he said to call the power company that it must be a loose netural on the main line. I am more than confused and very worry now.
  5. Murphy625

    Murphy625 Member

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    Bad connection (corrosion?) causes resistance = creates heat. I would turn off power to the box (pull meter?), clean all contact surfaces until shiny.
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    If the problem is after the meter, then it is your problem, or his.

    At least the Power company will Pull your meter if your panel is not safe.

    Then you will need a inspection to get power restored.


    Good Luck.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
  7. candy74

    candy74 New Member

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    I know this may sound crazy but what kind of questions do I need to be asking him. I told him what was happening he said that the main fuses {they are 100 amp buzz fuses} would get hot when pulling a lot of power.
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Heat means some resistance in the fuse holder or wiring in your fuse box, normally.

    You have told him enough , IF he is a Real Electrician.
  9. candy74

    candy74 New Member

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    Thank you so mush
  10. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Contact the licensing board in your state and I promise he will be back and fix the problem for no charge
  11. candy74

    candy74 New Member

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    Thank You I will do that if he refuses to come back.
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