Popping noise from wall switches

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  1. Jan 15, 2009 #1

    AU_Prospector

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    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?
     
  2. Jan 15, 2009 #2

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    I'd replace the switches. Unless they are really special (4 way lighted, etc) , they are very cheap.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2009 #3

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    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
     
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    I think this is normal, to some extent. Some switches seem to do it more than others, though.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2009 #5

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    I can get my new switches to sizzle if I hold them in the half way position.
     
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    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.
     
  7. Jan 27, 2009 #7

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    Thanks for the info guys. . .
     

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