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akdivewarden
Unknown sound

Maybe you can help me out. My wife and son hear a strange noise (I have high frequency hearing loss, so I don’t hear it). It is a high pitched sound that has 2 tones going back and fourth… almost like a fax machine sound. It only started last week…. Apparently it is in several rooms upstairs and one side of the house downstairs. My wife also says that she can hear it on that same side of the house but outside. It is more prominent at night (but I think that is just because it is quieter then).

We have unplugged the electric, but to no avail… and there is no way to find the source (ie the loudest). Can anyone give me any suggestions, thoughts or ideas?!?!?

Thanks!!

Bill

ed21
Re: Unknown sound

Any transformers outside the house?
Have you tried switching off the power to the entire house at the main breaker box to see if it goes away.
Any attic fans. I once had a whole house fan that was winterized and couldn't spin, that someone turned on. I kept hearing the hum for a week or so before I figured it out.

A. Spruce
Re: Unknown sound

Talk with your neighbor, they may have installed one of those nasty Riddex devices that don't work. They emit a high pitched squeal that is supposed to drive rodents and critters away, all they really do is annoy the human inhabitants. I once had a client with one of these things and I had to disable it while I was there because it hurt my ears and gave me headaches. :rolleyes:

akdivewarden
Re: Unknown sound

Thanks. I will talk with my neigbors today. Also, we do not have a transformer or any attic fans.

BUT I also finally heard the noise last night... it is a humming electrical sound. Could it be the sattilite dish?

Thanks all!

akdivewarden
Re: Unknown sound

Oh... I alsotried all the breaker switches and the sound is still there... What could it be then?

Thanks!

canuk
Re: Unknown sound
akdivewarden wrote:

Thanks. I will talk with my neigbors today. Also, we do not have a transformer or any attic fans.

BUT I also finally heard the noise last night... it is a humming electrical sound. Could it be the sattilite dish?

Thanks all!

akdivewarden wrote:

Oh... I alsotried all the breaker switches and the sound is still there... What could it be then?

Thanks!

Doubt a dish would be the source.
Hard to say from here -- but sounds ( no pun intended :) ) like it's from outside.
You might have to walk around the neighbourhood and have a listen.
Have the neighbours installed any equipment at there home ?
Any construction within close proximity ?

akdivewarden
Re: Unknown sound

Sam

We are in a Townhouse and the nighbors have not been home... but that sounds like a really good start!

Thanks!

Bill

Bob in Michigan
Re: Unknown sound

Have you checked for a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) that you might have on your computer? Even after the power is turned off, these devices continue to supply power from their battery.

You might also try to determine the exact pitch of the hum. If it is exactly 60 Hz, then it is likely to be coming from the AC mains. If not, then it might be battery-generated. You can get some mains-generated hum by turning up the volume on a cheap sound system (with inputs disconnected). Then the mains-generated hum will beat with your mystery hum and you will be able to tell if they are synchronized.

Robert Scott
Ypsilanti, Michigan

samsmom
Re: Unknown sound

We are having a similar problem that is making us nuts too. It sounds like it is coming from one place in the house and you go there and it sounds like it is coming from a different place. I assume you have already called Ghostbusters. We think our sound is coming from the turbines in our roof but won't be able to check it out until it warms up a bit. Good luck with this problem.

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