A friend of mine has a terraced house and in the bathroom airing cupboard is
a combi boiler fixed to next doors wall and apparently it is making a noise
akin to an aeroplane when it's on and the old dear can't sleep at night due
to the noise. The other night her son was pounding on her door and shouting
obscenities at her to turn it off. The boiler was already installed when
she moved in 8 months ago. When the boiler is running I can hardly hear it
in the bathroom so I can't imagine it's as loud as they claim next door. Is
there anything that can be done to quieten it down without major work and
Sounds like it's a single skin wall, the boiler is attached to the wall
and the sound is being transmitted through the wall.
If there has been no change to the noise made by the boiler it could be
that there was a piece of furniture or fitted wardrobes that were
muffling the sound and they have been moved. It could also be she has
only just started using the room as a bedroom or she has got a new
hearing aid ;-)
Assuming the boiler is working properly I doubt there is a cheap
solution. Even a new boiler wouldn't necessarily be quieter.
Someone needs to go next door to work out which part of the boiler
is making the noise which is coming through. It could be a noisy
fan or pump which might be fixed by changing it, or a pipe or other
component vibrating against the wall which could be fixed by packing
it. Might turn out not to be the boiler at all, but something else.
Good advice. Try and keep it friendly. Show them that you are making an
attempt to live with them and hopefully they'll calm down. At least then you
can find out if they're just being malicious or if there is a genuine
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