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Why Does My Electrical Outlet Buzz?

Posted on January 4th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Do you hear buzzing, popping, or crackling sounds coming from your electrical outlet? Often, the buzzing sound is a common sign that you have a serious electrical wiring issue in your home. Here are a few more explanations for where this electrical hum could be originating from:

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Loose Connections
Loose wires connected to your outlet can start to vibrate, causing a buzzing noise. This happens most often in older homes with well-worn outlets. If your home is 30 years old or more, you should call a professional electrician to come and replace the outlet.

Temperature Conditions
Fluctuations in temperature can create electrical components to expand and contract which can also cause a loose connection. This is a serious condition that can lead to electrical circuit damage and failure.

Circuit Breaker Problems
Usually, it is normal for a circuit breaker to produce a slight hum or noise. But, if the breaker in your home is putting out too many or too few amps, it could cause a more serious buzzing sound. If this is the case, you may need to replace your breaker rather than simply replacing the outlet.

Reversed Polarity
The electrician that originally wired your home may not have installed the outlet correctly. If the buzzing gets louder as you plug in more appliances, the problem could be reversed polarity.

Outlet buzzing is more than just a frustrating sound to listen to, it can be indicative of a more serious electrical issue within your home. If your outlet is buzzing loudly or is warm to the touch, don’t hesitate to call a professional electrician right away. Your home could be affected by connectivity issues, which can put you at risk for blackouts and electrical fires.

If you run into an electrical outlet problem, you can rely on Jupiter-Tequesta to help. We offer fast 24-hour, 7 day emergency service, 365 days of the year! Call Jupiter-Tequesta for more information on our services or to schedule an appointment.

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