Joys of Home Ownership: Electricity

We’re having a little electricity problem at the homestead. Currently there is no power going to the air conditioner, the lights in the spare bedroom, the lights in the bathroom or the lights in the office. I’m not sure how all of those are connected, as I thought they were on different circuits, but I know very little about electricity and wiring.
I think the problem actually started a while back when the lights in those rooms began to flicker. It struck me as odd at the time, but I just figured I hadn’t noticed it before. The flickering got progressively worse until one night the lights in the previously mentioned rooms and the air conditioner all shut off.
I was fairly confident at the time that a circuit had tripped so I went out in the dark, with flashlight in hand, to check the circuit box. Unfortunately, when I got there I saw that nothing had been tripped. Not sure what to do at that point I flipped a few circuits back and forth just for good measure and headed back inside defeated. As I stepped inside the door and was beginning to explain to Erin that I didn’t know what to do the lights and air came on. Problem solved… although I had no idea what prompted the electricity to come back on, or shut off in the first place.
Since that night the electricity has played its tricks a few more times. One of the odd things about it, in my opinion, is that it’ll just shut off for a while and then come back on, as if nothing happened. Another odd thing is that the power outlets in the rooms affected by the power outage work. It’s only the lights that go out… well the lights and the air.
Anyway, I was ok living in this situation temporarily until the electricity went out, and stayed out. The last two mornings I’ve showered in the dark and haven’t had air conditioning. It hasn’t been bad, since the weather has cooled off but it’s a little annoying.
So, now I’m thinking I’m going to have to call in an electrician. I was hoping to avoid it, but I think rather than risk electrocution, it would be better to hire a professional. Ugh! Oh, the joys of home ownership.

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