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Insomnia and worries about electrical wires


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The air vent in my children's bedroom iwas bent a bit on the inside. It is a forced aIr vent. DS was having trouble sleeping tonight and I went in his room and he had removed the cover and had pulled out a wire and the wire ends were exposed. We had extensive work done on the ceiling of the kitchen underneath last summer. The electrical work was expensive. The celing work was expensive. If he broke something I don't want them to have to tear up the ceiling to fix it. I went down and checked the lights and they work. So does the clock on the stove and the numbers on the dishwasher. I did not check any plugs.

 

Now I have insomnia. Please tell me that everything is going to be okay with those wires so I can sleep.

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I've never seen or heard of electrical wires running inside ducts; that definitely wouldn't be "code".  Can you upload a picture?  I'm wondering if they might be low voltage wires, such as for a door bell, etc.  Also, do you have any fans in any of your duct work to boost the airflow to specific rooms?

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Yeah, I'd be suspicious of a wire in a duct, too. I'd call an electrician to check it all out. If it turned out that something was hinky and you suspect people you hired to do work on the house, I'd call them and get them to fix it (but it doesn't sound related).

You might turn out to be grateful to your son for finding something potentially dangerous.

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Yeah, having wires in the ductwork doesn't make sense. I would worry less about his having broken something and more about why the wires are in there in the first place.

 

Unless they're actually outside the ductwork, maybe running alongside it? Or there's some hole that he pulled them through?

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My guess is that you don't know what circuit these wires might be on. If you don't have a tester to check if there is any current in the wires, you could use wire "caps" on the exposed wires.  If you don't have any of those and don't want to buy some, use tape (ideally, electrical) to keep the wires from touching each other or anything else.  Then, it sounds like you'll have to call an electrician!

 

As an aside, a loose wire shouldn't be likely.  If it was properly attached to something, it ought to have taken tremendous force to rip it from away from the connection.  So, just at a guess, I wondering if there was an "extra" wire that they just left behind.  It could still be "hot", though.

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