problem requires the assistance of the "Your
Place" community. Please send in your ideas.
For at least eight months, there has been a subtle,
rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my
house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same,
with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off
the main breaker to the house to determine if it might
be coming from one of our home systems, and it was still
can also hear it when standing outside of my house. We
even invited a neighbor to help us locate the source. He
could hear the noise, but also was unable to pinpoint
definitely not the neighbors’ central air-conditioning
systems. A neighbor directly across the street from my
house installed a geothermal heating system and was
wondering if that could be the source. Do geothermals
am not sure what to do next. Are there any kind of
engineers or other professionals who have equipment and
who can help me solve the mystery? How do I find such a
I can offer nothing definitive, although an Internet
Q&A site called "Green Building Talk" says
correctly installed geothermal heat pump should not be
noisy. I have been next to some that are so quiet you
have to put your hand on them to see if they are
running. Most make a soft humming noise."
can imagine how annoying this must be 24/7. I thought it
might be something electrical until you said you
continued to hear it after you turned off the main
breaker panel. Perhaps one of our scientific minds might
have a definitive answer for you.
is a’coming. A safety tip from First Alert (you don’t
know how many times this warning is issued, and still
people disregard it):
use generators indoors. In a power outage, use portable
electric generators outside only. Never use them inside
any confined area where carbon monoxide can collect. Be
careful to follow the operating instructions closely.
addition, refrain from using charcoal grills, camp
stoves, and other similar devices indoors.