Demystifying Electrical Noise: What’s Normal and What’s Not

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In electrical systems, a peculiar symphony occasionally accompanies our daily lives: the buzzing of electrical noise. This is a good thing because it means that all your lights and appliances are running. Most of these noises are just happy background music, but there are others that could indicate underlying issues that require professional attention. 

We are here to tell you what noises mean everything’s fine and what noises should make you call Yoder Electric. We’ll dive into the world of electrical noise, explore its various types, and provide insights on when to be concerned. Let’s demystify the buzz and empower you to make informed decisions about your electrical system’s health.

Common Types of Electrical Noise

Our home is full of equipment capable of generating many types of electrical noise. Most of the time, it is not something to worry about. Here are some typical noses that you might encounter in your house:

  • Refrigerators: Is your refrigerator running? If it is, you will often hear quite a few noises from your refrigerator. Maybe it’s a humming or buzzing sound from the compressor and condenser fan motors. Or it could be a clicking noise when the refrigerator cycles on and off. Either way, these noises are rarely something to worry about.
  • Air conditioners: A low humming coming from your AC is often the sound filling most homes in the summer. Sometimes you might even hear a rushing or whooshing noise from the air being circulated.
  • Electric fans: If your electrical fan is making a steady stream of white noise, then this should be music to your ears. 

Warning Signs and When to Call an Electrician

Next, we should discuss the not-so-average noises you might hear. While some are just little quirks unique to your system, others may warrant a call to Yoder Electric:

Loud, Continuous Buzzing or Humming 

A loud and persistent buzzing or humming noise from electrical outlets or panels could indicate a wiring problem or an overloaded circuit. 

Trust us when we say this noise should not be ignored, as it may be a sign of something going wrong. You might even be dealing with loose connections or faulty electrical components. 

Flickering Lights Accompanied by Noise

It could be time to worry if your lights suddenly start acting like they are in a horror movie. And if they are making sounds, then worry even more.

Loose connections, overloaded circuits, or faulty electrical fixtures may cause these issues. Not taking care of this could be a serious hazard to your safety. 

Zapping Sounds and Shocks

If you experience electric shocks when touching appliances, outlets, or switches or hear zapping sounds, take action immediately.

These situations pose a significant safety risk and require the expertise of an electrician to diagnose and address the problem effectively.

Troubleshoot your electrical systems with Yoder Electric!

Remember, electrical issues can be complex and potentially dangerous. If you’re unsure whether a noise is dangerous or not, it’s always better to be safe and seek professional assistance rather than attempt to diagnose or fix the issue yourself.

We want you to prioritize your safety and the well-being of your home by any means possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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