Everyone is busy. Between household errands, work duties, and having a personal life, there are certain things that are easy to ignore because they don’t seem as important. Things like vacuuming the car or organizing the garage become things that can wait. But what about noises coming from a wall outlet? What do they mean? Are they dangerous?
4 Common Noises That Come From Wall Outlets
1. Buzzing or Humming
Sometimes the buzzing or humming sound is coming from the electrical device you’ve plugged into the wall, such as a lamp or TV. To find out whether the issue is with the gadget or the outlet, unplug the device and plug it into another outlet. If it keeps buzzing, the issue is with the appliance.
If, on the other hand, the buzzing is coming from the outlet, the sound could be caused by one of two issues: dimmers or bad or worn-out wiring. If a dimming switch shares a circuit with other outlets, it may buzz. If such is the case at your home, you can resolve the issue by replacing regular light bulbs with rough service bulbs. If you don’t have a dimmer and the outlet still buzzes, the problem is with bad or worn-out wiring, and you’ll need a licensed electrician to fix it.
2. Clicking or Ticking
Clicking sounds from behind a wall could be due either to electrical or plumbing issues. Indications that the issue is with the outlet is if lights flicker when you turn them on, or if you get an electric shock when you plug in a device. If this is the case, you have a wiring issue, which is a fire hazard. Shut off power to that room at the breaker panel and call an electrician.
3. Crackling or Popping
This is one of the most dangerous sounds that could come out of an electrical socket. It means that exposed, broken, or burnt wires are sparking behind the drywall. This is a fire waiting to happen. This could be due to regular wear and tear, or a rodent gnawing at the wires. Shut off power at the breaker panel and call an electrician as soon as possible.
A hissing sound is an indication that copper coils are exposed and wiring needs to be replaced. To confirm if you have a live wire, shut off power at the breaker panel and use a non-contact voltage tester. If there are exposed wires behind the outlet, the tester will light up. As with the previous examples, contact a licensed electrician to replace them.
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