Circuit Breaker Making Noise

Uncover the mystery of your noisy circuit breaker—what’s causing the racket?

Your electrical system in your home or commercial building is the beating heart of your structure. Without it, everything cannot function. That’s why you should always pay attention to your circuit breaker to ensure it is working properly. If it isn’t, you could not only be at risk for having the electrical system break down, but you could be putting your building – and the people inside of it – in a dangerous position. So, what should you do if your circuit breaker is making noise?

First of all, it is important to point out that it is okay if your circuit breaker has a slight hum to it. This is usually caused by the vibration of the flowing currents. This is normal. But, if that humming becomes louder, don’t ignore it. 

If there is a buzzing noise when you get close to the breaker, this could indicate a damaged or loose wire. A professional electrician should diagnose this issue – never try to touch or replace a loose wire, as this could cause sparks that lead to a fire, or even electrical shock. 

If you hear the buzzing noise from further away, it could mean there is a larger problem with the breaker, and it might not be tripping when it should. This is an issue that needs to be remedied right away, because if it’s not, the breaker will not be able to shut off power in the event of an electrical emergency. It’s as simple as this: if the breaker doesn’t work, the wires will continue to heat up, which could cause a serious electrical fire. 

Protecting your home or business starts with being aware of electrical safety basics. Not sure if your breaker is working at peak condition? Our professional licensed electricians at Prairie Electric have the training and expertise to ensure your circuit breaker and the rest of your electrical system is functioning as it should. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 

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