09:13AM | 07/04/07
Member Since: 06/15/07
1 lifetime posts
I just moved into an apartment from a house. In my house, everything worked fine. The first time I plugged my reciever into the wall outlet, the speakers began emitting a loud buzzing sound. Even with the volume turned all the way down. I turned it off, checked all of my wiring, then turned it back on. Same buzzing sound, then the reciever sparked a couple times and smoke came out. At that point I assumed that it may have gotten damaged in the move. Now today I plug in by computer speakers into an outlet on the same circuit....and I get the same buzzing sound, and eventually my speakers are fried (electrical smoke smell). I have plugged other things into these outlets with no problems at all. Does any of this make sense? When I was given the satellite dish reciever for my apartment, the maintenance guy gave me a plug adapter (two plug male>three plug female). This didn't make sense to me, because the outlets are already three plug. This apartment is 2 years old at the most.


11:27AM | 07/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It is really hard to tell what is going on from a distance and without any kind of measurements.

It might be a loose neutral problem from the power company, at the service entrance or at your sub-panel.

Mixed wires on the receptacle between the ground, neutral, and hots.

Some "system" miswiring where the ground is not "the ground".

This is really needs a REAL ELECTRICAN and not just a handyman or maintance man.

Depending on how cooperative the owner is you might need to get the electrican yourself.

Then if he finds a problem present his bill along with the cost of the equipment to the owner.
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