Very Warm Switch Plate?

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Old 03-08-06, 03:08 PM
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Very Warm Switch Plate?

WHen I turned off the hall light at work, it felt very very warm.

I checked the switch at the other end of the hall and it was fine. All the other switches from lights we had just turned off were fine.

I put my nose to it and it had been hot enough to make the plastic cover smell a little.

Should we be alarmed?
 
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Old 03-08-06, 03:14 PM
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If it is only a switch and not a dimmer yes you should be concerned. it sounds like a possible fire hazard.
 
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Old 03-08-06, 03:33 PM
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> Should we be alarmed?

Like call the fire dept? Not yet.

Call an electrician? Definitely!
 
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It is a switch only. There is one that controls the hall lights at both ends of the hall. I turn this same light off several times a week and I have NEVER felt heat coming from it.

I hope my boss WILL call an electrician.

(He won't call a plumber to get the water fountain upstairs fixed... it has a stream of water that we can't stop from running)
 
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Old 03-08-06, 04:28 PM
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Loose connection?
Aliminum wiring?
Both = Bad.
Just some possibilities...
 
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It is a 20 yr old building that was vacant for 8-10 yrs before we moved in Sept. So maybe aluminium?
 
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Sounds like a "3-way switch gone bad" (video to follow). I would MOST definately get this corrected ASAP. Lose connections can act similar to a spark plug wich left uncorrected leads to heat then trouble.
 
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Old 03-08-06, 06:55 PM
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I think 20 yrs is too young for aluminium. Oh boy, we get to see a movie.
 
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all i can say is that you don't keep any personal items in that building that you would'nt want to lose to the impending fire that is going to happen, unless the problem is solved. hell, you should get a raise, or something, by informing the boss from keeping the building from burning down. also suggest that all the wiring be checked, to make sure that his/hers investment in the structure won't be any sort of liability to employees or clients.
 
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Old 03-09-06, 06:07 AM
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No raise. No electrician.

He says we'll turn the hall lights on at another light switch.

Will this make a difference?

It is warm again this morning: I purposely used the hot switch to turn them on to see if the problem had gone away. I can't tell yet if it is cooling off after turning THAT switch back off and turning the hall lights on at the other switch.
 
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Old 03-09-06, 06:54 AM
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If using the other switch means that this switch stays cool (it might or might not), then that probably mitigates the problem. You might need to try it both ways (with the problem switch up and down). Once you figure out how to keep the switch cool, then I'd put some tape over this switch to prevent anyone from using it.
 
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Old 03-09-06, 06:21 PM
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replace the darn switch !
 
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Or tighten the wires to the switch, right?

Well, I think he's not going to do anything and just use the other switch. But there are 12 of us there at times and everyone is not going to know to use the other switch.

And heaven forbid if someone forgets to turn the light off and a fire starts while we are gone!
 
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Well you can't cut into the profits now. So just stay on your toes and keep "YOUR" stuff at home.
After all it's the owners insurance rates, not yours.
 
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Old 03-09-06, 08:29 PM
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find the breaker for that light, turn it off, disconnect the wire, then say "geesh, the lights don't work.... guess we'll have to get an electrician"...
 
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