GFCI outlets buzzing...


Old 01-29-11, 05:19 PM
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GFCI outlets buzzing...

Was looking at a friend's 2yo house today. Several GFCI outlets are buzzing and 3 have failed (been replaced) within the last 2 months. They are on different circuits and appear to be properly wired with the hot feed on the line and the load feed on the load portion of the outlet.

What could cause the buzzing and make them fail so soon?
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Old 01-30-11, 05:08 AM
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Just a passing comment cause I'm not the proffesional here, but I play music,(drums), and I've heard many a guitar player complain about GFCI outlets cause they make their amps buzz.
Old 01-30-11, 06:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums! GFCI's go bad, fact of life. Are they buzzing just sitting there, or is there a load on them? Are the neutrals from the line and load matched to the hot wires (not crossed). Is there a grounding wire attached to the green screw? Are the wires pushed in the holes and tightened via the side screw? Are the screws tight? Sorry for the questions, but we just gotta know.
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I would guess these are builder grade no brand receptacles. I have never had a problem with a good brand name GFCI like Cooper, but you get what you pay for, they are more expensive.

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