Your lights may go out for a number of reasons, most of which have easy solutions once the problem has been identified. Assuming the most common problem has been avoided, the fact that you forgot to pay the power bill on time, there are a few reasons why you may find yourself without functioning lights in your home.
If your power suddenly goes out -- or if it starts flickering off and on -- you probably immediately reach for the phone to call your local utility company. While your power outage could be the result of bad weather, a downed tree or a blown transformer, if your Minneapolis home is the only one in the area that is without power, you likely have an issue that is localized right within your four walls. This means that a call into a local electrician is in order to help you sort out -- and address -- the problem.
If you've ever experienced a partial power outage, you know just how weird it seems. You thought you had a steady stream of power, so if it was compromised, you’d experience less power throughout the house rather than half on, half off, right? That’s not always the way it works. From the viewpoint of an engineer or a professional electrician, a partial power outage would be better described as a phase loss.