How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Mike Your Own Question
Mike
Mike, Master Electrician
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 1425
Experience:  Licensed Master Electrician - OnQ Certified Data Voice Audio Video Installer
11762411
Type Your Electrical Question Here...
Mike is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My electrics keep fusing not the overhead lights but the

Customer Question

My electrics keep fusing not the overhead lights but the sockets, I hear a noise from a socket even though nothing is plugged in what can be causing it
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Jason replied 12 months ago.

Hello. Welcome to Just Answer.

Expert:  Jason replied 12 months ago.

If the sound you are hearing could be described as sounding like a "sizzle", it is most likely arcing.

Expert:  Jason replied 12 months ago.

Arcing happens when electrical current has to jump a gap. The gap is a loose connection.

Expert:  Jason replied 12 months ago.

The corrective action is to turn off power to the affected outlet(s) at the fuse panel, then remove the outlet from the box. Make sure you don't disconnect any wires, to avoid potential confusion that could arise when reconnecting wires.

Expert:  Jason replied 12 months ago.

Once you get the device out of the box, you can inspect all connections. There should be connections of wires to the device, and there may be wires spliced to each other toward the middle or rear of the box. Check these splices if you find any, to make sure no wires are loose.