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We have an intermittent click somewhere in the kitchen. We are not sure if it is coming from an appliance or from a possible electrical problem. All appliances are electric and 2 Years old. The sound is a quick click. Then maybe a few minutes later another click. Then maybe 2 hours later another click. It happens when appliances are in use or not in use. Breakers are not tripped. We thought maybe the stove only because we have replaced the light in the oven 3 times in 2 years. I also have a scratch/crack on one of the smooth top burners. And it seems to happen maybe?? after stove or oven have been used. Don't know whether to call an electrician or appliance repair person. We also replaced the 2 gfci in the kitchen.

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  • Can you pin down what's making the clicking at least? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 13 '20 at 11:48
  • I have set in the kitchen just hoping to find where it's coming from but no luck. – Judy Oct 13 '20 at 20:46
  • Don't know whether to call an electrician or appliance repair person ... and what would you ask them to repair? – jsotola Oct 14 '20 at 2:53
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    Unplug all appliances from the wall and see if the clicking continues. That will eliminate or prove one possibility. If there's no more clicking, then the problem is an appliance. Plug them in, one-by-one, listening for the clicks. If you plug in the fridge and no clicks for 2-3 hours (if you don't open the fridge, it'll keep food cold for many, many hours w/o power), it's probably not that, add the oven. If you start hearing the clicking, it's either the oven or the combination, so unplug the fridge & listen. Continue with slow, steady testing until you find the source. – FreeMan Nov 12 '20 at 14:02
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Pipes expanding and contracting with changes in temperature can make noises. Hot water pipes in particular heat up and cool down regularly.

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  • And, stove elements (as she mentioned) will expand and contract when heating and cooling. – Steve Wellens Oct 13 '20 at 4:25
  • My ice maker makes a bunch of random sounds at times. Also do you have an instant hot water dispenser? That might be cycling (normal) and be expansion ticks or relay noise. – George Anderson Oct 13 '20 at 13:44
  • I understand that elements or pipes can make noise when expanding or contracting. But why would this start all of a sudden? It never did it until about a month ago. – Judy Oct 13 '20 at 20:49
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    ...but you did not share that detail in your question. I'm not physic, so I only knw what you have shared about your problem. More details may lead to better speculation. – Ecnerwal Oct 13 '20 at 23:16

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