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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Baldivis homes battle mysterious ‘power surges’

Residents can report faults to Western Power on 13 13 51. Photo: Colleen Petch COPResidents in the Baldivis area have complained of unexpected “power surges” short circuiting major appliances in their homes.
Nanjing Night Net

City of Rockingham Councillor Matt Whitfield said he had noted a growing number of people in the area experiencing issues with their power supply, which had resulted in some residents struggling with their home businesses.

“Two home businesses that I know of have experienced trouble with their power… one security storage facility has been forced to consider a generator as a back-up power supply for their internet connection,” he said.

“And a not-for-profit also lost nearly $2500 in stored goods because a freezer switched off.

“Something is not quite right here… people are replacing their light globes every month, and they’re starting to realise this is not normal,” he said.

Residents have reportedly had issues with washing machines, internet modems and freezers due to alleged “high amperage”.

Settlers Hill woman Christine said she had previously replaced major appliances including her dishwasher, dryer and washing machine, but was still having trouble determining the cause of the problem.

“I had [the dishwasher] repaired four times in two years, so I gave up on it,” she said.

“I had an electrician install an additional fuse for my oven, because I couldn’t use it [the oven], the washing machine and dryer at the same time without tripping the power.”

Another Baldivis resident said they had had three toasters “blow”- always when they were using another appliance at the same time.

Councillor Whitfield said stories like these were becoming more and more common in the area.

“Three different residents have been visited by electricians who could not locate the problem within their residences.

“The electricians believed their houses to be fine and structurally sound, and they said the issue was most likely to do with the local sub-station.”

The area is serviced by Western Power’s transformer on Rivergums Boulevard, and Councillor Whitfield urged residents to report any issues to the electrical provider.

“I’ve had 13 residents contact me directly, and I’m asking these people to contact Western Power,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ll do the right thing, and hopefully it’s an easy fix.”

A Western Power spokesman said it has received only one complaint in the last six months from Baldivis that related to a damaged appliance.

“Any customer who has a concern about their power quality or supply is encouraged to call Western Power’s Faults Line.”

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