Buzzing sound in house

reidySeptember 9, 2008

I have a strange buzzing sound in my house that appears to be coming from the meter cupboard under the stairs beneath the bedroom. It does not seem to be coming from the electric meter or electric panel but just from that area in general. There are also water pipes running through there. I can hear it all the time day & night. My husband can hear it occasionally, does anyone have any idea what it may be? Thanks.

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normel

bees?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 12:53PM
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joed

gas meter?
water meter?
could still be electrical. Turn off you main breaker and see if it goes away.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 1:35PM
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reidy

Will try turning the breaker off and see if that works thanks - will let you know as it is really getting to me now

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 9:32AM
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dezwit

If that stops the noise, have someone relocate the transformer or remount it with some vibration isolation.
I suspect that the noise is because the transformer is mounted to your ductwork or the furnace enclosure and the vibration (which is normal) is resonating through the metal.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 6:55PM
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reidy

Electrician now ruled out it being any of the meters or the breaker after switching everything off and the buzzing still being present. It appears to be coming from between the ceiling of that cupboard and the floorboards of the landing above it. Could there be anything that would make this sound in that area, there may be some pipes but nothing electrical as the electric was switched off and the buzzing still sounded. Any ideas or do I refer to the plumbing section before tearing up the floorboards?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 6:48AM
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dezwit

Did you turn the water main off at the street or the side of the house?
Any possibility that you have a nest of wasps, yellow jackets, or honey bees?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 6:58PM
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reidy

Tried turning gas & electricity off but not water will try that and get back to you. No bees or wasps as can now hear it in most parts of house obviously louder when the house is quiet. Thanks

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 4:43AM
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reidy

Had new gas and electric meters fitted, water turned off at mains. No bees or wasps. Environmental Health Officers cannot find anything on the low electrical frequency meter. Any ideas? Lack of sleep driving us mad. Thanks

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 9:06AM
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