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Baseboard Heating Noisy Pipes

The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Baseboard Heating, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about baseboard heating noisy pipes.


We live in a one bedroom corner unit apartment with baseboard heating. Recently, when the heat was turned on in the building for fall, our pipes started to vibrate/pulse. They emit a constant humming that is similar to the drone of a washing machine. I can actually feel the vibrations in my ears and it never stops. We tried turning the heat off in our unit but this made no differnce. I lived in another unit in this building earlier this year and never had this issue. Do you have any suggestions as to what could be causing the pipes to vibrate?


Dear CB:

I'm wondering if what you are hearing is the vibration from the heating oil piping for your furnace. You mentioned that recently moved from another unit in your building to the corner unit, and when you moved to the corner unit, that you started hearing the vibration noise when the heat came on for the season. What I'm thinking is that being in the corner, that you may be now located over the area where the apartment building furnace is located, and be the first unit downstream of the boiler. Further, since the oil piping may be located near the ceiling, and may not have sound insulation, it could be adding to the noise problem and giving the humming drone sound that you mentioned.

Hope this is helpful.

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