Okay here's what I've got. So we bought our house about 8 years ago. We moved to CO and rented the house for the last four years. We moved back into the house in May. After a few months I started to notice the lights would flicker every once and a while. So we made it through the summer. Then within the last month or two the light flickering was starting to get really bad.
So about three weeks ago I realized that the emergency heat was on so I checked the breaker and it was tripped for the heat pump. A couple of days later I noticed it was again on emergency heat. Check the breaker and it's popped again. So I had called the power company about the light flickering issue and scheduled an appointment for them to come out and make sure that the power to the house was good.
So the morning of the appointment noticed the breaker was tripped again. So I tried to flip the breaker and I started hearing some arcing and popping at the power pole when I would try and reset the breaker and the breaker would spark and trip the second I flipped the breaker.
So called the power company to get emergency service because of the popping at the transformer. They sent a two man team out and the power guy told me the arcing was back feed from the house and I would need an electrician to take a look. They did replace the leads to the power pole to see if that helped the light flickering problem. So had a buddy of mine look at the AC unit and he confirmed that the compressor was bad.
So fast forward a few days and the light flickering got worse to where whole circuits in the house would just randomly power off or have the lights get really really dim. So called the electrician to try and figure out the problem. They came out Tuesday and off course the light and power issue wouldn't rear it's ugly head. So with out a problem to find they could do anything since all the voltages were good and everything looked right in the breaker boxes.
So that night the lights went all hay wire again. So I did some voltage checks while the problem was present and notice that one leg of the power was at only 86VAC and the other was at 120VAC. So I shut off all the breakers on the 86VAC leg and the voltage stayed the same. SO I called the power company again.
I know this is getting long but I'm almost to the really question.
The power company showed up at 1am and they checked the power again. They replaced one of the leads the other team replaced two weeks ago. They weren't happy with the job the previous crew did either. So they replaced the first lead and plugged the meter back into the house and the guy in the bucket told the other guy to pull the meter back out cause there was arcing from the second lead. At one point the checked the lead and got 86VAC and then it jumped back up to 120VAC. So they replaced the second lead and did it right. When the meter got plugged back in all the lights in the house immediate turned on the way they should.
Since they fixed the leads the second time the lights have not flickered at all. So my question is would the AC trying to run on power that was bad. 120VAC and 86VAC at times cause the compressor to burn up. I ask because if it was a bad power issue I want to go after the power company for the repair cost. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Again sorry for being so long winded but wanted to give as much back story as possible.