Electrical Panel Humming Nois

Electrical systems are built to be efficient and noiseless. It makes no sense to worry if you hear noises from the main panel. Unnatural sounds can indicate different types of problems. Your electrical panel controls the main electricity in your home. Understanding and avoiding future problems could save your life. It is important to understand and take seriously electricity. This isn’t always easy. This is where the guide comes in.

Light Buzzing

It is normal to be worried if you happen to see a light buzzing when you walk past your panel. This is not a worrying sound. This is simply electricity flowing through wires, just like water through pipes. This is normal and completely harmless. It’s possible that you have heard the sound before. Unless the noise gets louder or starts clicking, there is no reason for you to worry.

Medium Humming Noise

A medium buzzing sound would be considered a little louder than a mild buzzing sound. Although it is a louder buzzing sound this can also take many forms. It could make a clicking, crackling, or sizzling sound. It could sound like sparking from the panel. You could hear a wire fraying or loosing and it could be shorting.

Loud and continuous buzzing

The panel emits loud and constant noises that are alarming. These noises can be alarming because they are loud, and they aren’t natural. These noises could indicate several things. It is most likely that the breaker is not turning off. A breaker should trip and shut down, thereby cutting off power to the circuit. It is possible that the breaker isn’t tripping as it should. This sounds alarming and should be considered serious as it could indicate that the panel is bypassing safety features.

How to tell if you are operating normally

Your panel may make unusual noises even though it is working normally. They may not be obvious to you because they sound so natural. If:

  • The sound is not one of the above.
  • If your AC turns on and the buzzing stops, it is likely that the appliance is running smoothly.
  • Normal is a light buzzing sound

It can be distressing to hear noises from your main electric panel. It could be a sign of minor problems, or it could be a sign of major problems. It should be taken seriously in any case. Perhaps you require troubleshooting. Perhaps you require troubleshooting assistance. This is a matter best left to the professionals.