Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or
AC, you're still pretty much functional.
I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around
1:00 am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.
I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came
around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front
the house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was impossible
Glad they came despite the noise...
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> On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <
> I never heard of this before - thanks for writing. I doubt Pepco would
> so responsive.
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes <
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>>>> On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes <
>>> Sitting at my desk checking emails at 11 last night, "the world"
>> suddenly went DARK and heat pump, TV - everything - cut off. 'First
>> 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,
>> leave me, I can't stand and move around safely in complete darkness."
>> replied, "Well, right now, I can't do it very well either." I quickly
>> recovered, though, and whipped my iPhone out and punched the
>> on, which saved the day/night. Hobbled across hall into kitchen,
>> out and realized that neighbors still had power. Noticed stove clock
>> on and refrigerator running and thought, "Hey, what's this? We still
>> some power." Flipped kitchen light, lights came on; back to hall,
>> switch - no light; flipped switch for second floor landing; light came
>> 'Began to think, "Lost one leg of our power supply." Hobbled upstairs
>> 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
>> OK. 'Looking more like loss of one leg of power supply at
>> 'Back to first floor; hobbled outside to heat pump units to chk
>> there - found all good. Told SWMBO, "Go to bed if ya want, I'm gonna
>> here in kitchen for a while and call power co.
>>> 'Couldn't find # for power co. in directory. Finally told Siri to
>> 911. Asked emergency dispatcher if she could help me find # for
>> 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 -
>> of one leg of power supply. Man called coupla minutes later to
>> "Yes, I have only partial power - 120 volts in part of house, none in
>> of house and no 240-volt power - heat pumps do not run." He replied,
>> I got it, I think you're right. 'Sounds like you've lost one leg.
>> should see a technician pulling up in les than 30 minutes." "Thank
>> 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
>> to bed glad that I had pursued it then, instead of waiting 'til
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