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bwavem 01-15-2013 09:21 AM

4 way switch problems plz help odd sounds
 
I've been having problems with a 4 way switch. Last year the switch went bad and it was a old light switch which had mercury in it that went everywhere. It was hooked up with two black wires on one side and to red on the other. I bought a new 15 amp switch and hooked it up the same way. All is good all light switches work. But after a month I started to notice when I flipped the switch it made a buzz or and arch sound and the light flickered. So I bought another and replaced it. Hooked up same way.( since all light switches worked I figured this was correct) after 6 months I noticed same thing is happening. I also noticed that the switch itself wiggles side to side. And that is when the sound happens and light flicker. Is this a problem of bad switches? Wrong hook up? Cheap switches paid $15 at ace)? Or what I have no idea whats happeing here. Help would be appreciated thanks.

joecaption 01-15-2013 09:31 AM

Someone's going to need to know the total watts your trying to run off of that switch.

bwavem 01-15-2013 09:41 AM

The switches control just the top of 3 outlets and all that us plugged into them out let's are two lamps with those new curled light bulbs.

AllanJ 01-15-2013 09:50 AM

A loose connection or a bad/worn out switch.

You are hearing the arcing sound because there is an arc.

Most modern switches will arc if you intentially hold the toggle halfway.

bwavem 01-15-2013 10:00 AM

So you think it's all hooked up correct? Just bad switch or loose connection

bwavem 01-16-2013 09:00 AM

Still problems
 
I never had any problems with the original switch and I lived there for 5 years until I put these new light bulbs (pigtail) cfl bulbs in. After I did 2 months later the first switch went bad. Does anyone think maybe the bulbs could be cause damage to the switches?

joecaption 01-16-2013 09:10 AM

These are just reguler toggle switches, not dimmers, right?
Should have no effect on a toggle.

bwavem 01-16-2013 09:19 AM

Just regular switches


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