Possibly another one of those "it could only happen here" stories. Our fridge freezer broke down a few days ago. A while back our water dispenser cooling system died and we've had three lightbulbs literally explode and a ton of others stop working long before they should. Turns out the electricity we are getting at some points of the house is 280 volts when we should be getting 220. In the house it's not constant just surges, but measured at the point of entry it's a constant 280 presumably it's semi controlled some way before it reaches the house. Luckily I have surge protection on my PC's. Hopefully the fridge freezer is fixable it cost us 14,000 pesos and is only 2 years old... apparently it's computer controlled and it shut down due to the high voltage before any major damage occurred, but we cant try to have it repaired until the voltage is fixed. We've had to throw away a lot of food and we are told (I am no electrician) that as a result of the high voltage our meter has been running fast, we've probably paid more for the electric than we should have and also have a higher risk of electrical fires occurring. A call to CFE resulted in being told their system was not working and to go and queue at the main office to report the problem. I foresee a long wait and a lot of $$$ incurred through no fault of our own that we wont be reimbursed for. Dont you just love it!