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AU_Prospector 01-15-2009 11:24 AM

Popping noise from wall switches
Hello, I live in a home built new in 2002.

Not always, but on occassion a wall switch will make a loud popping noise when turned on. I have noticed this with more than one switch through out the home. It doesnt happen continiously, but when it does its makes you take notice.

Its not horribly loud, but a distinct pop. I assume it is current jumping the circuit before contact is made, is that right?

Is it safe?

travelover 01-15-2009 01:02 PM

I'd replace the switches. Unless they are really special (4 way lighted, etc) , they are very cheap.

Daryl in Nanoose 01-15-2009 09:11 PM

How old is your home. Whenever I get any signs of irregulars in my outlets or switches I replace them. But what comes to my mind is that if there is more than one maybe its time for a inspection on all the swithes and plugs in the house just to make sure everything is okay with the electrical

Quattro 01-20-2009 09:51 AM

I think this is normal, to some extent. Some switches seem to do it more than others, though.

kok328 01-20-2009 12:48 PM

I can get my new switches to sizzle if I hold them in the half way position.

storage_man 01-20-2009 01:18 PM

With your house only being 7 years old, I would expect that they aren't worn out yet. I agree with both kok328 and Quattro that some make more noise than others. Unless you see some discoloration in and around the switch, I would presume they are ok.

I bought my house new in 1986 and I have some that are noisy and some that are not. I've also replaced many of them and some of the replacements are more noisy than others.

AU_Prospector 01-26-2009 05:53 PM

Thanks for the info guys. . .

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