Shavers socket constant hum when unplugged

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Hi, I have a shavers socket in my bathroom which has 110v and 240v sockets. It produces a humming noise all the time, when nothing is plugged. Please can you confirm this noise means electricity is being consumed? And if so, is it normal that a transformer consumes electricity without a source drawing from it?

Logic tells me that noise means movement (potentially some kind of magnetism vibrating something in its transfo) and movement comes at a cost of energy, but hope I'm wrong.

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It's using electricity, but it's a tiny amount.

Better shaver sockets only switch on when a plug is inserted.
 
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If it is switched on with nothing plugged in the internal switch is faulty, possibly sticking.
 
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It's using electricity, but it's a tiny amount.

Better shaver sockets only switch on when a plug is inserted.

If it consumes electricity without being used, it needs to go, especially as it will likely never be used. Thanks.
 
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Although called shaver sockets and idea was shaving could be done in the bathroom, females seem to have seen them as a way not to have to carry their heavy cordless electric tooth brush into the bathroom, and use them for charging tooth brush, which means they are switched on 24/7 anyway.

Energy used would be very low, a lot less than cost to have it removed.
 
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If you had an electric tooth brush earilier in your life, maybe you would have more teeth now. It’s what I’m hoping.

legrand shaver sockets have a switch in them to detect plug inserted, and then power on. I took one apart to check
 
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shavers sockets , seem to now have Shavers Only & also units with a toothbrush icon on.
I would change it out , if noise.
I would have thought a DIY job to do. If you fill competent to unscrew the faceplate and the cable screws to replace.
maybe a photo
 
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females seem to have seen them as a way not to have to carry their heavy cordless electric tooth brush into the bathroom, and use them for charging tooth brush

I use mine to for charging my electric tooth brush and have done since about 2006.


Op, has it always hummed when nothing is plugged into it or is it a recent problem?
 
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As flameport implied, the cheaper ones do not appear to have internal switches.
Maybe, but I’ve not come across one. Last year I came across one that appeared to be permanently on. It was an Asian import and on investigating I found the switch contacts were jammed against the plastic moulding. A little adjustment with long nose pliers sorted it and it has been OK ever since.
 

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