Sitting at my desk checking emails at 11 last night, "the world" suddenly went DARK and heat pump, TV - everything - cut off. 'First though was "Vehicle hit a pole or a transformer blew," but there was no noise - just sudden quiet and darkness. I said to SHWMBO in adjoining room, "Don't leave me, I can't stand and move around safely in complete darkness." She replied, "Well, right now, I can't do it very well either." I quickly recovered, though, and whipped my iPhone out and punched the flashlight app on, which saved the day/night. Hobbled across hall into kitchen, looked out and realized that neighbors still had power. Noticed stove clock still on and refrigerator running and thought, "Hey, what's this? We still have some power." Flipped kitchen light, lights came on; back to hall, flipped switch - no light; flipped switch for second floor landing; light came on. 'Began to think, "Lost one leg of our power supply." Hobbled upstairs to check bedroom lights and heat pump - lights OK, heat pump inop.
'Back to kitchen, found flashlight and new batteries for SWMBO, who escorted me into basement and to breaker box. 'Found all breakers ON and OK. 'Looking more like loss of one leg of power supply at transformer. 'Back to first floor; hobbled outside to heat pump units to chk breakers there - found all good. Told SWMBO, "Go to bed if ya want, I'm gonna sit here in kitchen for a while and call power co. 'Couldn't find # for power co. in directory. Finally told Siri to call 911. Asked emergency dispatcher if she could help me find # for reporting power out. 'Told me to call 411. "Oh, of course, thanks." 'Got the # and called; after listening to series of options, finally spoke to a lady who seemed to understand that I had a partial outage - loss of one leg of power supply. Man called coupla minutes later to confirm - "Yes, I have only partial power - 120 volts in part of house, none in rest of house and no 240-volt power - heat pumps do not run." He replied, "OK, I got it, I think you're right. 'Sounds like you've lost one leg. You should see a technician pulling up in les than 30 minutes." "Thank you, Sir. I'll wait." Shonuff, "bout 25 minutes later, truck pulled up in front. Tech, checked pwr in meter base; one leg of power missing. "Found loose connection at transformer; in about 15 min, power was back on, and I headed to bed glad that I had pursued it then, instead of waiting 'til morning. _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com