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"Aiden and his crew are the best: professional, fast, clean and responsive. He charged a fair price and did great work; I'm so happy!

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Unless you feel uncomfortable doing minor repairs or don't understand that you should turn the electicity OFF before doing such installations...you can do the job yourself with a screwdriver and needle nose pliars...within 15 minutes. 5-10 minutes if you've done it before.

This can be maddening. Over the past 40+ years, in 4 houses, I have had or have run across this problem from gas meter leakage, water well pump column vibration, doorbell transformer, circulating pump, an extremely small (mist spray) water pipe leak, flourescent and sodium lights, security system horn dead battery, gas meter leaking slightly, bees in wall, bat colony, electric typewriter left on, stereo left on very low, and speaker inductive hum.

This seems to be a popular and recurrent question, so I am going to give the long answer for use by future questioners too.

I am assuming you do not hear this noise away from your house, or that other family members can hear it to. Obviously, if you hear it elsewhere also and other family members cannot hear it, then maybe you have tinninitus or are hearing your own high blood pressure blood flow (seriously). This commonly gets more acute at night when it is quiet, so all you are hearing is your internal ear sounds. I had this happen once because of a middle ear blockage - drove me crazy, getting up in the middle of the night because I thought I heard a water leak through the walls. Try putting on a pair of earmuffs or hearing protectors - if you still hear it or hear it louder, this is probably the case.

One method if hum is on the clearly audible side is make a 2 foot long cone out of paper to hold against your ear - like an antique hearing horn - then in each room face each of 4 directions while listening for where sound is the loudest, and turn your head to pinpoint the exact direction - I would spend 10 minutes doing this before getting into detailed stethoscope listening.

Otherwise, sounds like time for the old stethoscope (about $12 at a drug store - get a metal soundhead one, not cheap plastic, which does not pick up vibration as well). Also, if you are older (say over 35 or so) your hearing might have started to deteriorated with age, so if you have children or grandchildren with sharp hearing, they might be able to help track it down. I am sure a young child or grandchild, if you have one, would love this sort of treasure hunt (with appropriate "treasure" for a reward for tracking it down). 

Being careful not to come in contact with electricity with the stethoscope, check all the likely sources listed below. Start by placing it against pipes and walls and floor in each room of the house - water sourced noise goes a long ways, and tends to reverberate in the walls, so if that is the source likely to hear pretty easy. Hold stethoscope against bare pipes, both hot and cold, and heating system radiators or hot air vents.

If listening to water and hot water heating pipes indicates it is not water sourced, then you could turn off the master (outside) breaker or all the inside breakers and see if it goes away. I would only do this during above-freezing weather and early on a weekday, just in case a breaker fails to turn back on correctly when you switch it. Older master breakers particularly, which typically have never been used, sometimes break or fail to reclose properly after being shut off, so then have to be replaced. You want to be doing this at a time of day when, if necessary, you could get an electrician in the same day to replace it without paying weekend or nighttime emergency call rates.

If turning off the master breaker (or all other breakers) eliminates the hum, then turn them on one at a time until you find the one that turns the hum back on, then track where that circuit likely feeds (hopefully it is labelled) and check every switch, outlet, and light fixture.

Humming sources include (not in any particular order, a + in front means likely or common source of humming, - means rare or not likely):

1) + toilet fill valve - slightly leaking toilet inlet valve (listen where water tubing comes into toilet tank, and look inside tank to see if there is any water flow into or ripppling of the water in the tank or the bowl, or from the bowl filling tube (usually a small black plastic flexible tube which comes out of the fill valve (usually far left side of tank) and is clipped onto and discharges down into a hollow vertical brass or plastic tube or pipe in the toilet tank, which refills the toilet bowl after you flush)

2) + leaking faucet - kitchen, tub, shower, sink, utility tub, etc - it is amazing how just the smallest valve leak can make a hum or hiss that you can hear through the walls (especially at night), but only drips every few seconds.

3) - electric service meter dial motor

4) - electric breaker panel - rarely, a loose main power feed to a panel (especially with aluminum main service wire) will get loose enough that it vibrates back and forth and hums in its connector. A loose bus or snap-in breaker slot cover plate in the panel can also do this rarely

5) - gas meter or overpressure vent (unlikely, as you have had it replaced)

6) + boiling in the bottom of hot water heater or boiler because of buildup of lime, but would usually be intermittent - only when unit is heating

7) + furnace fan or electrostatic filter (forced air heat), or circulating pump (hot water baseboard heating), or steam condensate pump or overpressure venting (steam system).

8) - gas control valve or electric control box on a gas furnace, or its transformer (most have a 120V to 24, 16 or 12V transformer inside the front of the furnace

9) + air filter or electrostatic filter alarm on forced air furnace - some have a passive "whistle" opening that sounds softly when the filter is getting blocked, and if blocked with dust could make a hum rather than a whistle.

10) + Some water softener systems also have an "alarm" device to tell you it is time to service the unit, so check that if you have such a unit.

11) - a slightly leaking overpressure/overtemp valve on hot water heater or furnace (would be dripping)

12) - air venting from the air vents on hot water heating system. These will commonly make a hum or wheeze sound, for only for a few seconds at a time - not continuous unless leaking water

13) - city water system booster pump sound through the water column (if there is one near your home) - listen at the incoming water pipe - if much louder there than at other pipes within the house, that could be a house, though unlikely. If you think this could be it, find your water shutoff valve (typically 10' into your lawn from the street) and listen there. Would also be audible at neighbor's service pipe if that is the source.

14) - gas system compressor sound coming through gas pipe - listen to gas pipe outside the house and inside the house near furnace - if louder outside,, this could be a possible source, but the compressor or pressure reducer would have to be near your house. Would also be audible at neighbor's service pipe if that is the source.

15) + auxiliary booster circulating pump in your hot water or steam heating system (there may be one separate from the furnace, likely in the basement or a utility closet - most commonly found on  multi-unit apartment building with central heating and in 3 story or higher buildings, but you never know)

16) + a water leak, either inside or a leaking hose bib or pipe, or in your service pipe coming to the house

17) - electric on-demand water heater or electric-powered water filtration unit under the kitchen sink or inthe basement

18) + refrigerator compressor or fan hum

19) + doorbell transformer (front or back door - transformer is usually NOT at the doorbell, it is usually mounted in an open space like nailed to a basement joist, in an entry closet, or in the cubby space under the stairs - always physically near to the door, but NOT always on the same floor)

20) - any instant-on device like a TV

21) + any audio device (stereo, iPod, music player dock, computer, etc) that may have been left on at very low volume. Also, VERY rarely, if stereo or external speaker wires are run close to and parallel with an electric wire in the wall, they will acquire an  inductive voltage and hum.

22) + anything with a transformer, including stereo, add-on computer or iPod speakers, battery charger (rechargeable batteries or spare car battery or rider mower or boat battery charger), any portable electriconic device. Also portable device chargers (computer, iPod, cell phone, etc) - even if the device is not plugged into the transformer, as long as the transformer (charger) if plugged into an outlet, it is transforming high to low voltage, and transformers commonly hum

23) - electric typewriter left running

24) - electric ultrasonic cleaner or denture cleaner or electric toothbrush left on 

25) - home hair drying hood left on

26) - a lint buildup-jammed bathroom, kitchen, or attic fan. Many of these have, for safety, so called "self limiting" motors that if they jam just sit there and hum, but do not burn out.

27) - an attic cooling fan whose thermostat has failed, so is on all the time

28) - electronic furnace thermostat

29) + air conditioning unit, or aquxiliary air conditioner evaporator

30) + humidifier / dehumidifier - either permanently installed or portable

31) + portable heater / fan / air purifier

32) - automatic animal feeder waterer - either water supply or electric, as applicable

33) - dishwasher motor runningcontinuously - not shutting down after end of cycle

34) - convective or direct-vent oven or cooktop exhaust fan not shutting off

35) + flourescent (tube or CFL) or sodium or halogen light bulb / ballast hum (either inside, outside front door fixtures, or public street lights). These can hum quite pesistently when the starter circuit sticks on, or the bulb is dying and will not start (light completely), so the started circuit tries continually to start the lamp - can make a hum audible up to a block away on street lights.

36) - a dying electronic photocell designed to turn on your outside lights

37) - home security system, especially its alarm or horn. If the alarm is sounding but for some reason the main power is not getting to it, then as the battery goes dead (or if full voltage is not getting to it) is can give off a squeek, hum, or rasping sound - ditto if insects like wasps or hornets build a nest in it, so it cannot sound correctly.

38) + well pump, pressure tank, or filtration system, if you are on a well

39) + insect or bat nest in the attic or walls or in outside bins or cupboards, electric panel/meter, or outside telephone connection box (bees /wasps / hornets most likely) - though this usually varies by time of day, although it would "pulse" at the time of day when they are waking up or going to sleep.

40) + carpenter ants or termites - their continuous chewing of the wood can sound like a hum till you get right up against the colony, then you can actually hear the chewing

41) - a regional hum, as has been occurring at times in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Arkansas - where micro-seismic activity causes a hum or booming sound. Google or call your local paper and see if anyone has been reporting this in your area.

42) + outdoor power service transformer - either a metal (typically army green or gray) about 1 foot diameter "can" mounted on a power pole if you have overhead service, or a 2-3 foot cubic metal box on the ground or in a manhole pit near the street if you have underground service, which usually serves 4-6 houses (so may be in a neighbor's yard) and will have a voltage rating marked on it, usually in yellow stick-on lettering - like 4160V - 220V. Usually has high voltage - keep away safety markings on it.

43) - you have found where the Caddyshack gopher (who hummed to himself) moved to after Bill Murray blew up his happy home at the golf course.

Hope this list helps you (and future users with the same question).


Click on the Home > Electrical link right below your question - you will find a number of questions like yours with answers about panel and service upgrades, and factors which affect cost.

I would get a couple of opinions from electricians on the general panel upgrade issue, unless you want to do that anyway for general upgrade purposes. If you are upgrading the main panel from 100 to 200A, then yes you have to upgrade to AFCI and GFCI breakers (as applicable) as part of the process. 

However, if all you want to do it install power for the electric HVAC system, then it may be a lot cheaper to just upgrade the outside service capacity if necessary, and then install a dedicated secondary dedicated panel for HVAC system use, without touching the existing main breaker panel. Could make a 2 or 3:1 difference in cost, depending on your current situation.


An electrician can help you calculate your needs.  If you want everything to run as normal while on the generator you will need a fairly large setup.  Add the amperages of every device and appliance you expect to use while on the generator including the refrigerator, freezer, HVAC (all components), TV and accessories, lights, etc.  Wattage (which is how generators are measured in terms of output) is calculated as Volts x Amps = Watts.  So a 120v appliance using 15 amps requires 1800 watts.  A 240v appliance using 30 amps (like an electric water heater) requires 7200 watts.  Don't forget to calculate starting amps, not just running amps.  Appliances with motors and compressors require more power at startup than they do once running.


A simpler way to cheat/estimate your need is to count up the breakers in the main panel of your home.  All single pole breakers are multiplied by 120 while the double pole breakers are counted together and multiplied by 240.  While this method will give you a rough idea of what you need it may not account for all of your useage.  Most people don't hook up standby generators to the entire house.  Instead, they have an electrician selectivly wire which circuits are powered on the standby switch.  Then when the power goes out and the generator comes on only the essential devices are running.  This saves money on the generator as a smaller one can be used as well as on the fuel used to run a smaller generator versus a larger setup.


Most typical homes have a 100, 200, or even 3-400 amp service panels and meters.  If you want to run everything consider a generator that matches your existing service from the power company.  A 200 amp, 220v service is 44,000 watts.  That is your maximum available draw but it doesn't mean you really use that much.  Most people don't.


If you already have a fixture there, around $100 plus or minus about $30 if not over 7 or 30 pounds, or about $200-300 if weighs over about 7 or 30 pounds. The 7 or 30 pound ranges are dependent on whether the existing box is plastic or a standard Square-D type or equivalent metal one, because each type of box can only hold so much weight. If existing box is rated 70 pounds or more (ceiling fan or large chandelier rated) then the $100 range should do it regardless.


I am assuming when you say mini-pendants you meant from a single box if more than one. If you meant two separate by some feet, add probably about $100 more to add a second box, ASSUMING they will both be run off the same single switch.


IF you do NOT have a light fixture there now, then can run from $150-300 range if there is easy access from above (open attic) to $500 or more if has to tear into drywall to install wiring and box so you then have to get drywall contractor and painter in to repair the damages.


Electrical reviews in North Wilkesboro


Job was accomplished successfully. Management called and e mailed me 2x to make sure they knew what I wanted. A written estimate was provided ahead of the work for my approval. Electrician was prompt and did a good job. Very neat worker and personable.
- julie S.

Bill was very pleasant. He took the time to explain what he was doing. The work was completed in a timely fashion. I did notice after he left that the plug/ switch cover was broken. I would have appreciated him letting me know. My only other concern is that I did not get an invoice. I was told I'd get it in an email that night but it is now the end of the next day and I have not received it.
- Jirina K.

I was happy to see an electrician with such good reviews on Angie's List. Kamau and his helper did a good job on the work. When I contacted him through Angie's List he mentioned that he was booked up a week out, so we set the appointment for 2/19/15. I sent him a list of things that we needed done and then didn't hear back from him until the day before the appointment, when he told me he couldn't do three of things on the list (install wall oven, microwave and range hood). I wished I'd known that before I waited a week.
On the day of the appointment, he called and I was in a meeting, so I called him back about 45 minutes later and he stated that he'd already gone onto another job since he didn't talk to me. Then he said he might make it on our appointment day, but probably the next day. Luckily, we both work from home, so we were here for the appointment on 2/20/15, a Friday.
He showed up the next day on time and ready to go. I walked him around and showed him what we needed. I also left my Shop Vac out on the patio and showed him that. He and his helper got the outdoor lights installed and they look great! He also installed the outlet in the garage and one outside, as well as rewiring the pool pump so it bypasses my old timer, as I asked. The work itself was well done.
I was a little disappointed with his communication. Also, I had to vacuum up 4 messes they left: Under the light out front, the light out back, the outdoor electrical outlet and the worst one was in the garage. Sheetrock dust was everywhere on my workbench, in my tool bags on the floor, etc. They DID do a fine job on the work, but they didn't clean up after themselves at all. I probably would hire Kamau again, because he's a very nice guy and did great work. But I would make sure to state in advance that he would be cleaning up after himself.
- Dustin E.

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was FANTASTIC! Very responsive in setting up the appointment and being up-front with costs. We were originally told we would need two technicians because of the height of this particular ceiling fan, however, when they arrived, they realized it could be done with only one technician so the other one left so we would not be billed for two.
We have definitely found our new electrician and look forward to having them do some work for us in the spring at our other home.
- Matt M.

.Pat is a honest and likable guy, very professional and knowledgeable master of his trade, came to my home when he said he would and performed the tasks that we had agreed upon for a fair price, when I brought to his attention that one of the ceiling fans was not seated properly he sent his helper back the next day to correct. He also brought to my attention a hazardous condition in my electrical breaker box that was not to code which had been done by previous contractor, I am very grateful for his attention to details and look forward to having Pat correct this soon, its great to work with a contractor that you can truly trust . Thanks Pat and crew. pmorelli
- paul M.

I found this electrician through Angie's List and based on good reviews, I decided to give him a call. I called
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was very responsive when I called him and within an hour or so he was already at my apartment with his assistant.
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was able to connect my new tankless water heater and inspect the electrical panel. It was found that the main 125amp breaker was overheating due to poor connections that were previously installed by others. I am glad that he was able to catch this as it definitely could have been a safety / fire hazard had it not been treated properly. I was able to get the new breaker at Home Depot and
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was quickly able to replace the main breaker without any issue. I now have hot water running again and the comfort of knowing that a faulty breaker was replaced with a new one.
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charges reasonable prices. I will definitely contact him again for future jobs.

- Juan B.

technician showed late. Went to explore the problem. (Problem : reroute piping that were exposed to freeze to an area where its safe).
At the end he said he will return next day with another plumber to reassess the problem again. Then he charged me for the visit
the sum of $189.
When I spoke to the secretary in the morning, I was not told I would pay a visit fee. And work was supposed to be done at the same time.
No one came by next day. Which delayed repair in my home. And I am at loss of almost $200 bucks. Cheers!
I tried to avoid unscrupulous and unskilled persons but I ended up the trape.
People, be careful of this firm.
- Alami B.

If you looking for a classy, smart, honest, reasonable electrician you can stop right here. My neighbor recommended
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Contractors as one of the best electricians she has ever worked with, and since I was having trouble getting our electrician to find time for us, I thought I would give them a try. WOW - my neighbor was right. I will never use anyone else. I cannot say enough good things about this family business -- Dad, three sons, and Mom does the books.
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's oldest son, who is also a Master Electrician arrived with
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- Lawson A.

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Affordable Roofing & Home Repair

7415 greedy hwy


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Alexander Technical Resources

1263 Glenwood Ave SE

All-Phase Electrical

908 42nd Ave Lane NE

Allen and Associates Incorporated of Yadkin

P.O. Box 2329; 924 A&A Drive

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd


1475 Goble Rd


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Bustle Heating & Cooling

PO Box 5157

Can Do Construction


Canter Power Systems, LLC

2100 Fairfax Rd


911 W D ST
North Wilkesboro

Davids Lighting Repair LLC

2483 Sparta Rd
North Wilkesboro

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Done Right Electric

225 Hickman Ave


North Wilkesboro

Environmental Home Services LLC

PO Box 5080

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior & Lighting Concepts

687 Vannoy Maxwell Rd

GBC Electric

151 Drumstand Road
Stony Point

Harrington Electrical Contractors

805 Jay Burke Rd


North Wilkesboro


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4860 S Depot St


North Wilkesboro

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

LOWE'S #1997

HWY 268 E
North Wilkesboro


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North Wilkesboro

Payless Plumbing

2300 Raintree Dr

Power Solutions

2409 Lebanon Rd

Premier Electric NC

PO BOX 782
Granite Falls


North Wilkesboro

Searcy's Remodeling

1940 2nd St NW


North Wilkesboro


North Wilkesboro

Southern Electrical

PO box 8174

Sunset Wiring Inc

2127 31st Avenue Dr NE


PO BOX 2316




PO Box 369

Triangle Contractors, INC

104 Lenoir Rd


12637 S 265 W Suite 100


PO Box 70866


North Wilkesboro

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