Why is My Electrical Outlet Buzzing or Getting Hot?

Nov 3, 2020

Electrical issues can show up in many different ways. Sometimes you lose power to parts of your house, sometimes it can be an odd noise that alerts you to the issue. If you ever notice something strange happening to any of your electrical appliances or systems in your home the best bet is always to call an electrician, so they can discover why your electrical outlet is buzzing or getting hot before it leads to further problems down the line. Making sure the problem is handled properly and won’t cause issues for you again in the future will make sure you and your family are safe and save you peace of mind. 

If you go to plug a device in and you notice the electrical outlet buzzing, stop and don’t plug your device in. A buzzing noise is indicative of an issue with your electrical wiring, and drawing electricity through the outlet might make the issue worse. When you hear an electrical outlet buzzing this could be a sign of a loose electrical connection. This is more likely to happen in older homes or homes where the wiring has been replaced. If you know the breaker this outlet is attached to, turn the circuit off and call an electrician to get it fixed.

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.

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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