Pole Transformer Buzzing


Old 03-12-14, 06:19 AM
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Pole Transformer Buzzing

power was fluctuating during a storm. The entire street was doing it. I didn't call the POCO obviously but then I noticed when the power would come back on during this fluctuating, the pole mount transformer would buzz. Would it be normal for a transformer to buzz when the power is restored since its likely under load?
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Old 03-12-14, 06:45 AM
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Not a continual buzz. You are never wrong to call the POCO if you think there may be a problem. If the buzz continues, a fuse link will disconnect at the transformer. Since it didn't it should be ok.
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Probably because it was under a heavy load as when the power comes back on so does everyone's refrigerator and AC or heater
and motors require quite a bit of amperage to start
so that x the whole neighborhood
Old 03-12-14, 09:12 AM
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Would it be normal for a transformer to buzz when the power is restored since its likely under load?
All magnetic transformers hum or buzz, but you normally cannot hear it when the transfomer is mounted high up on a pole outside. That being said, I remember many years ago that a friend of mine mentioned that the transformer on a pole outside his home had been buzzing quite loudly for several days following a storm. I stopped by that afternoon and he was right, it was much louder than any pole transformer I had ever seen...or heard. I checked his voltage and found it reading 144/288 volts. The 120 volt kitchen clock was making a loud humming noise too. The next door neighbor's refrigerator had gone out a day earlier. He called the power company with that information and within 1 hour there was a crew on site changing the transformer.

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