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4 Reasons Your Circuit Breaker Panel is Buzzing

Circuit Breaker Panel

When this guy starts making odd noises it’s not something you want to take lightly! Photo source: Reddit.com

Electricity is like a trained circus animal. 

When it’s controlled and behaving as expected, everything goes smoothly. But when something goes wrong and its power is unleashed, it’s incredibly dangerous.

So if you hear your electrical panel buzzing and you immediately panic, we don’t blame you.

To help keep you safe, we’ve listed 3 noises your electrical circuit breaker panel might be making matched with the problem it indicates and what you should do.

A gentle, humming noise that’s only heard when you’re next to the breaker

Most likely problem: Luckily for you, it’s most likely not a problem. A slight hum is normal. 

Breakers often produce a humming noise from the vibration of the electrical currents.

What to do: You most likely don’t need to do anything. But if you’re still uneasy about the noise, have an electrician take a look just to make sure everything is working properly. 

It’s always best to be overly cautious when it comes to your home and electricity.

A buzzing or sizzling noise and possibly an occasional spark

Most likely problem: A loose or damaged wire.

What to do:Call an electrician to find and repair/replace the wire. 

Don’t try to fix this problem on your own. Loose wires can produce electrical arcs. An arc is a discharge of current created when electricity jumps across the wires (trust us, you’ll want to stay away from those!).

A loud buzzing noise heard even when you are not close to the circuit breaker

Most likely problem: A particular circuit breaker is “bad” and not tripping when it should. 

(Not sure if your circuit breaker is the issue? Check out our article, “How Can I Tell if My Circuit Breaker has Gone Bad?”)

What to do:Contact an electrician to replace the breaker immediately. 

Why?

Breakers shut off power when there’s an electrical problem on the circuit it protects. If a particular circuit has too much electricity running through it but the breaker doesn’t trip, the wires will heat up and can eventually cause an electrical fire.

Note: If your circuit breaker keeps tripping after you’ve replaced the bad breaker, you might have a larger issue. To help figure out your particular electrical problem, refer to our article, “Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?”.

Need a professional electrician to take a look at your circuit breaker panel?

We’re happy to help! Just contact our electricians today.

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The electricians at Energy Today provide award-winning electrical service to Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas like Bradenton, Tampa and Port Charlotte and West Florida.