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Spooky Electrical Noises

3 Spooky Noises Your Home’s Electrical System Can Make

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the spooky noises your home electrical system can make – and what they mean. Some of these sounds are just that – spooky. Others may indicate a serious problem that needs to be addressed by an electrician.


If you start hearing strange noises from your outlets, it's probably time to investigate. One noise you might hear is a faint humming sound. This is usually nothing to worry about and is caused by loose connections in the outlet.

Another noise you might hear is a louder humming sound, which could be caused by a more serious problem like an overloaded circuit. If you hear any kind of popping noise coming from an outlet, this could be a sign of an electrical arc, which can be dangerous. It’s best to contact your local electrical company to diagnose outlet repairs.


Just like outlets, appliances can also make strange noises that may indicate a problem. If you hear a rattling noise from your fridge, this could mean something wrong with the compressor. A clicking noise coming from your dishwasher could indicate that there is something wrong with the motor.

And if you hear a hissing noise coming from your washing machine, this could be a sign of a leak in the hose. If you hear a strange noise from an appliance, it's always best to call a professional for help.

More Serious Noises

There are some noises that are more serious than others and should be investigated immediately by a trained professional. These include whining or buzzing sounds, which could indicate loose connections in your electrical panel; crackling sounds, which could mean there is an issue with your wiring; or sizzling sounds, which could signal an overheated circuit breaker.

If you hear any of these noises, please do not hesitate to call a licensed electrician for help immediately!

Remember, if you ever hear any kind of strange noise coming from your electrical system – outlets, appliances, or something else entirely – don't hesitate to call Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (540) 253-1559 for help immediately.