Why is My Electrical Outlet Buzzing or Getting Hot?

Nov 3, 2020

Electrical issues can manifest in various ways, from partial power loss to unusual sounds like electrical outlet buzzing. If you observe any irregularities with your electrical appliances or systems, it’s crucial to contact an electrician promptly. Addressing issues like buzzing or overheating outlets early can prevent further complications and safeguard your family’s well-being.

Identifying Electrical Outlet Buzzing:

If you encounter a buzzing sound when attempting to plug in a device, refrain from proceeding. This noise signals a potential wiring problem, and forcing electricity through the outlet could exacerbate the issue. Older homes or those with updated wiring may be more susceptible to this issue. Locate the corresponding circuit breaker and switch it off, then contact a qualified electrician for assessment and repair.

Recognizing Hot Electrical Outlets:

If you notice an electrical outlet gets hot you should also never plug in any device. Hot outlets can be a sign of a number of potential issues. One possibility is that it has overloaded the circuit and the outlet may be struggling to power the devices plugged into it. Using a power bar can cause this type of issue, or using it to power multiple high draw appliances.

If you think this is the cause, try moving some of the items to another outlet on a different circuit to disperse the draw. The other possible cause for a hot outlet is a loose terminal or wiring in the outlet itself. If this is the cause then it’s time to call the electrician.

Taking Swift Action for Safety:

If you notice any of these issues in your home, it is best if you can turn off the circuit breaker for the affected outlet and call your electrician. Keeping you and your family safe is always the number one priority and a trained electrician will be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

If you have an electrical problem or notice an electrical outlet is getting hot or buzzing, get in touch with AJ’s Electrical, we’re here to help!


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