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Troubleshooting Electrical Interference

Finding the source of electrical interference | Interference problems due to loose connections | Interference problems originating outside

High frequency electromagnetic signals can create electrical interference in

  • televisions
  • radios
  • computers and
  • cordless phones.

If there is static on your cordless telephone, radio or television when another appliance is running, your problem may be electrical interference. Sometimes it takes just a few minutes to find out what is causing electrical interference and to eliminate the source:

Finding the source of electrical interference - method #1

The best solution to electrical interference is eliminating the source. The table below describes a common procedure for discovering the source of electrical interference in the home.

Step

Action

1

Turn on the appliance that is experiencing the interference - for example, the phone or radio that has static.

2

Go the breaker box and flip each circuit breaker in your home off and then on again while someone stays with the affected appliance.

3

The interference will disappear when the breaker causing it is flipped off.

4

Turn the offending breaker back on to confirm it is the source.

5

Identify the electrical devices in your home connected to the breaker and turn them on.

6

Turn the electrical devices off, one by one, until the interference disappears.

7

Once you find the device that is causing the interference, repair or replace it.

8

If you cannot locate the equipment that is causing the interference, report it

  • at Report Trouble online or
  • call 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) for additional advice.

Interference problems due to loose connections

Electrical interference can be caused by loose connections or bad wiring behind a

  • wall
  • panel or
  • outlet.

Have a qualified electrician conduct an inspection of your wiring system to identify and eliminate the interference conditions.

Interference problems originating outside

If none of the above measures are successful, the chances are that the interference is coming from outside. You can also request an electric interference investigation.
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