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Went out to my garage and heard a buzzing sound coming from my Sun Country (Clipper Creek) 240v charger. It sounded very much like a transformer buzz you hear from a large transformer, not real loud but loud enough to hear it in the hallway beside the attached garage. I unplugged the charger from the car, waited a few seconds, plugged the charger back into the car and all is normal again.

Has anyone else experienced this and could this be a sign of imminent failure? The charger is about 3 years old and is used daily. I guess time will tell but I have never heard any sounds from the unit other than when the relay operates to start the high voltage charging.
 

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My Charge Point level II charger did that once last year. So I just unplugged it and plugged it back in. Never happened again. Don't have an explanation for why this could happen. But nothing got hot or anything as far as I could tell. So I'm thinking that since nothing got hot, nothing would be deteriorating or likely to fail.
 

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An AC relay can occasionally buzz somewhat if it pulls in for some reason just a little out of its normal position. My Clipper Creek has not done that (yet), but if it does I would not worry unless it becomes regular.

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An AC relay can occasionally buzz somewhat if it pulls in for some reason just a little out of its normal position. My Clipper Creek has not done that (yet), but if it does I would not worry unless it becomes regular.

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This could be it. The coil on the contactor or relay can sometimes buzz if the contacts don't meet just right. Keep an eye on it. It could be a fluke or it could be that the contactor or relay might be showing it's age.
 

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I had trouble with several Clipper Creek units which resulted in warranty replacement. One of the problems was similar to what you describe. Disconnecting power and reconnecting solved the noise for a while, then it came back.

I will say that Clipper Creek was extremely easy to work with on the warranty replacement.
 

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Mine did that once when it somehow filled up with water. Drained it, butyl tape around the cord gaps and it was fine.
 

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I have a aerovironment l2 unit that I bought when I had my Leaf. It has done the buzz a time or two, but usually it goes away. I think it's just the coil in the contactor. As long as it makes juice, I don't care. Can't hear it from the tavern!
 

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Went out to my garage and heard a buzzing sound coming from my Sun Country (Clipper Creek) 240v charger. It sounded very much like a transformer buzz you hear from a large transformer, not real loud but loud enough to hear it in the hallway beside the attached garage. I unplugged the charger from the car, waited a few seconds, plugged the charger back into the car and all is normal again.

Has anyone else experienced this and could this be a sign of imminent failure? The charger is about 3 years old and is used daily. I guess time will tell but I have never heard any sounds from the unit other than when the relay operates to start the high voltage charging.
While I haven't experienced that yet, I would kill the power to that unit immediately until I had a professional take a look.
Have you contacted Clipper Creek?
 

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I am going to keep an eye on it. It may have done it in the past but this is the first time I have noticed it buzzing. It did not get hot and it was charging normally and no error lights. I will keep using it until it breaks and I am pretty sure it would be out of warranty being just over 3 years old. When I touched the unit I could not feel any vibration so it is nothing loose in the unit.

Probably similar to what a florescent fixture does to make its buzzing sound.
 

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I would contact CC anyway.
Even if it's out of warranty, they should be able to advise if this can be a normal sound under certain circumstances, or if you need to have it checked out.
If you paid with a credit card, you may still be under warranty if it has the one-year warranty extension insurance.
 
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