Go Back  DoItYourself.com Community Forums > Electrical, AC & DC. Electronic Equipment and Computers > Electrical - AC & DC
Reload this Page >

"Crackling" sound when light switch is slowly turned on or off

"Crackling" sound when light switch is slowly turned on or off

Reply

  #1  
Old 07-18-02, 11:33 AM
A
aefusco
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Question "Crackling" sound when light switch is slowly turned on or off

I recently installed a new switch and noticed that if the switch is turned on or off slow, there is "crackling" sound rom the switch and then a smell of the electrical contact. I noticed other switches in the house do not do it but instead turn immediately off or on when I attempt this.

Could it be a bad switch?
I wrapped the wires around the screws on the switch when I installed it, instead if inserting the wires into the slots.

I was told this method was better.

Does the amperage rating on the switch have anything to do with it?

The switch I installed was labelled 15amp.

also, the light the switch is wired to is a kitchen light with 3 20W bulbs.

Thanks in advanced!!

Thank you,

Anthony
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-18-02, 12:28 PM
J
Member
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: United States
Posts: 18,497
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
There's not necessarily anything wrong. How much did you spend to buy the switch? If the answer is low, you might try a better switch.
 
  #3  
Old 07-18-02, 06:31 PM
H
Hatteras
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
You are interupting an electrical current when you open that switch. The reason it makes noise and you can smell it is becuase you are breaking that connection under load, however small. When you are operating that switch in that manner you are creating arcing inside the switch, arcing which over time can damage the switch. The point here is all switches will do the same thing and are designed to be operated rapidly. There is nothing wrong with your switch.

Hatteras
 
  #4  
Old 07-19-02, 04:34 AM
S
Sparksone42
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
You said that the other switches don't do this!!! For the price of a single pole switch, I would replace just for peace of mind.
 
  #5  
Old 07-20-02, 08:57 AM
A
aefusco
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Thank you everyone for your replies!! I had bought a cheap switch ($1) at Lowes. I recently bought a more expensive one and will install that one. What makes a switch better, and how can you tell a good quality switch. I put the 1 dollar switch and the $2.50 switch side by side and I really can't tell the difference.
Thanks again for your replies!! I really appreciate your time!

All the best!

Anthony
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: