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Loquitor

07:10PM | 02/10/10
Member Since: 02/09/10
1 lifetime posts
Hi. I'm in a quandary. For the past few months I hear, at intervals, a loud buzzing or vibrating from the outside wall. The noise lasts only a few seconds, but it is loud. Today it is happening repeatedly.

We are in the throws of a serious snow storm this week, which makes me even more nervous about this situation because if it's electrical, this would be the worst time to risk a fire.

Thanks for your help.

BV003094

02:59AM | 01/23/14
Thats weird, this happens to me, its like a pulsing vibration outside that makes the walls vibrate a little but is loud. It lasts usually about 20 minutes in total but the pulses last a few seconds.
I dont know what it can be (I live in south florida btw so I cant give you an opinion on the snow thing)

BV006831

10:44AM | 01/26/15
We are having the same issue! It started last night at 1am. we have an old home with many ungrounded outlets. I admit one outlet is overused and it is on that wall, right next to our bed that this vibration continues to occur. It kept us up all night. At shakes the windows and wall and sounds very mechanical. It lasts for maybe one second or two and seems to happen in a cluster and will go on for 10 or 15 minutes. Then it seems to quiet down but it comes back, soft at first then back to the heavy vibration.

There are no water pipes in this wall that I know of. It is by a street and hospital but is not being caused by cars or trucks driving by, I am sure of that. I have no appliances in the attic above or the living room below. It is not a living creature, definitely a mechanical type of pattern.

When I first heard the noise I searched through the house and while looking my furnace clicked on and my fridge clicked on. I mention that because the noise was happening while both of those appliances were off, and neither of them are creating the vibrations.

It is very cold and we just had a blast of snow and more to come. I have a wife and one-year old and am worried about a fire. We are having a new electrical panel put in within the next week or two, weather-depending, along with new grounding but this vibration just started happening and we already have the work scheduled.

I can only believe it is electrical at this point because there are only wires in the wall where the vibrations are occurring. Someone suggested turning off the power at the main switch and seeing if the noise stops. We will do that tonight to confirm if it is electrical. I read somewhere it can be an electrical arc within the walls, so I am praying our house does not burn down. I have unplugged EVERYTHING from the outlet on the wall which has vibrations, but that did not stop the problem.

Anyone who has a solid solution to this or knows what we should do, please help. THANK YOU FOR HELPING!

If we do get it resolved, I will post our resolution for those of you having the a similar problem.

BV013875

07:56AM | 05/12/17
Did you ever find out what was wrong?? I am having the same problem. I think. Its a loud buzzing sound that has been coming from my wall. It only lasts a few seconds but this is the second day that is has woken me up from my sleep! At first I thought it was my tv or maybe the power strip that I have my tv plugged into. I honestly have no clue. I tried googling it (which brought me here :P) and yours in the only one that sounds similar to my problem.

BV014099

09:02PM | 06/15/17
Somewhere in my walls or ceiling, there is a loud buzzing sound that lasts only one or two seconds. I thought it was a loud, raspy doorbell, but my doorbell sounds very pleasant. It happens rarely--twice last year, once yesterday, and once just now.

I am very familiar with electrical sounds. This is too loud and too rare to be a transformer hum. Possibly relevant: It has been raining heavily here in Florida. I wonder if it is some sort of mositure warning buzzer installed in the 1980s.

DL

11:39PM | 10/24/17
Member Since: 10/24/17
1 lifetime posts
Has anyone figured out what is causing a loud, intermittent buzzing noise that lasts for a couple seconds coming from the wall?

I've lived in my condo in south Florida for about three years and just rencently started hearing this relentless noise at all hours of the day and night.

PLEASE reply if you have solved this mystery.

Thank you!

BV015419

07:21PM | 01/05/18
I am having the same sound. I First noticed it last winter but only once or twice. Attributed to the wind and didn’t think about it. This winter I first heard it one morning and it seemed to be coming from a corner. This is an outside wall over a crawl space . This area used to be an outside wall. However the corner where the sound is coming from is not an ouside corner. We are having a frigid could spell (very windy) . The noise is now very frequent and loud. A buzzing , almost like a drilling sound. On an off then nothing for awhile. Then it starts again.
Again it is an outside wall with a hot water baseboard water running the length of the wall. There is one outlet in the center of that wall.. this sound has only been heard in the winter when the heat would be on. Today as I said the noise is pretty frequent and the heat has been on constantly. Help,

BV015431

12:20AM | 01/07/18
Yeah it’s a loud buzzing and grinding sound inside of an outside wall and comes and goes every 5 mins or so I’m having the same exact issue smh it’s very annoying I will figure this issue out ASAP and let u know

BV015691

09:00PM | 02/10/18
Anybody figure out thier noises?
We have this happening on an outside corner lower level wall.

BV015779

01:33AM | 02/23/18
I just hearing the same sound. I've heard it before as it might be a boring carpenter bee.

BV017744

02:43PM | 10/20/18
I'm having the same issue and I've been told to have an electrician check the circuit box for loose connections and to check outlets ibn the room for bad or lose connections. Let me know if anyone else has tried this and I'll let you know if it helps here.

BV018553

08:38AM | 01/31/19
Has anyone figured this out?? I too hear the intermittent buzzing sound from lower level wall. Its also a polar vortex right now with lots of freezing temps and snow.

BV018553

08:39AM | 01/31/19
Where is Bob Villa when you need him?

BV018557

04:26PM | 01/31/19
Same here--it started in the basement yesterday, and has made its way to main floor. Way below freezing here...this is happening on an east outside facing wall

BV018761

11:28AM | 02/25/19
This is also happening to us. We live in Michigan, and it is extremely cold and very windy. The sound definitely tends to happen during windy winter nights, and it's extremely obnoxious. Sound is similar to a dull drilling sound for 2-3 seconds at a time, and then stops. Seems sporadic. We live a couple miles from a highway, and I originally attributed it to highway rumble strips that semi trucks hit when it is windy, but the sound can not be heard from the outside...only from the inside.

The sound is coming from the inside wall of our bedroom, which is a west-facing wall facing the front yard. Any recommendations??

BV018802

04:35PM | 03/02/19
Also got this noise. It’s very windy and wet outside.

BV018824

04:59AM | 03/05/19
Has anyone figured this out? It’s about 12 degrees F here. This is the first time ever hearing this noise and I’ve lived in this house for a long time. Small drilling noise on outer corner wall/ceiling. There’s no electrical, heating, or piping right there. I’m on opposite end of house from furnace and hot water heater and electrical panel. I’m so curious as to what’s causing it. Seems like most of us have frigid cold weather and snow in common. This site is the only one I’ve found that has others hearing the same thing.

BV018844

09:43PM | 03/07/19
Seems as if no one has an answer
I live in a boat in FL and a week ago the intermittent buzzing started. It's somewhere in the hull between the hull and the walls. We've turned off all the power and the sound still continues. Nothing electrical to account for it. I'm trying to find out if certain insects do this so we might figure out how to get rid of it. It's keeping me up at night.

BV018881

05:21PM | 03/14/19
This has happened in our home 3 times in the past month. Every time it is windy outside. The buzzing/drilling sound happens 2-4 times only a couple seconds each time then stops. Sounds like it is coming from upper wall/ceiling. Indianapolis, IN someone figure this out! I’ll check back.

BV018883

10:19PM | 03/14/19
Could be the gutters or downspout on the outside of the house vibrating in the wind. It sounds like a drill going off and on inside or in the walls/ceiling.

BV018929

06:50PM | 03/20/19
We had a buzzing sound in the winter that turned out to be the electric meter. Every winter when it would be 20deg or below the meter would hum. It would get louder as more power was being used. The power company installed a smart meter last year and the sound is gone. Another source could be a sump pump. Ours runs quite a bit and can be loud when the house is quiet.

BV018938

12:38PM | 03/22/19
Check outside to see if your gas meter is making the noise. I had the exact same noise happening in my house and I went outside and it was my gas meter making the noise. It needed a new regulator.


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