Over several months, we’ve experienced power outages that last one to two seconds, long enough for clocks and various other electronics to require a reset. More disconcerting: the possibility of a non-surge-protected computer failure.
We experienced two consecutive days of these outages at about 6 a.m., prompting me to call West Penn Power to ask why we experience so many intermittent outages. The initial response was, “We have no reported issues.” The company’s representative suggested two actions: Have an electrician check the house to see if the problem resides within; check with neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same power issues. I did both.
Before going into the details of what happened when I took the recommended actions, I spoke with other friends and found they have experienced the same types of power interruptions; they live in Park Forest and Boalsburg, about a five-mile radius of our house.
That said, here are the results of following up on West Penn Power’s recommendations:
1. The electrician found nothing wrong at the house;
2. Three neighbors confirmed they experienced power interruptions two consecutive days.
I completed that actions suggested and called WPP. Hopefully, they will follow through and correct the cause of power interruptions.
Brief power interruptions are minor inconveniences and occur for many reasons, but the number of outages is disconcerting. Do these indicate potential/systemic power service issues? Everyone experiencing service issues should call and report the problem.