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Old 07-20-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
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Fuse Box has been buzzing for the past 20 years...


My fuse box has been making buzzing sounds for the past 20 years at least.
It seems to be the unit attached underneath the fuse box.
About 10 years ago I added the red clamp seen in the video to stop the buzzing, and it did for a few days... But then it came back.
SO here I am 10 years later asking the internet...
Just what is this noise?
What is that thing attached under the fuse box?
How do I make it not sound like a mechanical honey bee?

*** I apply pressure to the clamp in the video just to show how the buzzing changes. If I remove the camp, the buzzing gets a little louder, so I leave it there.

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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A video of the problem in question is posted here:
WWW dot YOUTUBE dot COM/watch?v=EtCtliQhNHQ&list=UUX_TKlicR9HomQj7pjys-0g

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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I'm amazed that your insurance company allows you to STILL have a fuse box. Most insurance companies INSIST on a 200 amp breaker panel to cover the electrical needs of your home and help prevent fire.
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Ohh my mistake! Yes, it must be a breaker box! Since it has those switch thingies.
Sorry!
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That's the transformer for your doorbell! They do hum a bit, but that's a little loud. May be time for a new one.


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http://youtu.be/EtCtliQhNHQ
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That's all it is???
The transformer for my doorbell?
That's kind of funny! Here I was kind of worried about even touching it.
Thank you for answering this 2 decade long riddle!

So something like this for $20
http://www.rona.ca/en/transformer-0255095--1

Do you think its possible for an average person to replace such a unit? Or should I hire and electrician for it?
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:20 PM   #9
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Yup, that's it!
It's a very easy changeout, as long as you're comfortable working inside a breaker panel. If not, I'd say get an electrician.


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Okay, let's see if I understand things right:

It looks like that transformer has only 2 wires coming out of it through the bottom, a black and white, and they run up, past the breaker box and into the ceiling of my basement. I'm guessing to the doorbell.
Shouldn't this also have a third "ground" wire?

I can't see through the cluster of wires, and I'm scared to move them without turning off the breaker, but is it safe to assume that there is a hole in the bottom of the breaker box that goes into the doorbell transformer, where more wires hook up from within the breaker box?


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The transformer has two wires that go inside the panel. One to a breaker and one to the neutral bar. It has no ground because the housing of the transformer is attached to the panel. The other terminals/black and white wire, go to the doorbell chime kit. You can verify this by disconnecting one of the wires and trying the doorbell. If you can't see which breaker the transformer is connected to, turn off one single pole breaker off at a time until the humming stops.
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I'm a big fan of wireless door bells.

It lets you put the bell anywhere you want....simple.....no wires....not buz
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I'm amazed that your insurance company allows you to STILL have a fuse box. Most insurance companies INSIST on a 200 amp breaker panel to cover the electrical needs of your home and help prevent fire.
There are houses all over my city, that have Fuse panels that date back to the late 1930's. There is not any Insurance company that I know of, that requires that you remove the fuse panel and replace with a Breaker panel. Just because it is there.
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Just my two cents. That extra loops of wiring can be cut back. Makes it look too amateurish. Also since it appears that is a Canadian panel. Did you pull the proper permits before doing? As far as I know, is that Canada does not allow homeowners to do their own panels in most areas.
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Okay, let's see if I understand things right:

It looks like that transformer has only 2 wires coming out of it through the bottom, a black and white, and they run up, past the breaker box and into the ceiling of my basement. I'm guessing to the doorbell.
Shouldn't this also have a third "ground" wire?

I can't see through the cluster of wires, and I'm scared to move them without turning off the breaker, but is it safe to assume that there is a hole in the bottom of the breaker box that goes into the doorbell transformer, where more wires hook up from within the breaker box?



Low voltage wiring does not need a ground wire since its not considered dangerous if something became energized at 16 or 24 volts. The wires should indeed hook up somewhere in the breaker box. If you arent sure what to do call an electrician. IF anything, trip the main breaker at the top before touching anything inside.

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