House Noises You Should Not Ignore

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Most houses, whether they are old or new, make a wide range of noise from creaking floorboards to

the almost silent hum of the refrigerator, so it is completely normal for your home to make various

sounds, and most of the time, those sounds will be totally harmless. However, there are some sounds

that you absolutely should not ignore because they could be a sign that something in your home needs


With that in mind, here are some of the most common house noises you should always get to the

bottom of:

Clanking pipes

If your pipes are clanking, then it is a sign that your radiators may need some attention. Usually, you

will simply need to bleed them to let accumulated steam out, but it is important that you do this to

ensure that they are able to work as efficiently as possible.

Knocking pipes

Knocking pipes could indicate that your heating system’s circulation pump is about to expire, and

calling an HVAC professional as soon as possible will mean that you don’t end up without heat. 

Capture fan noise

Most computers and laptops contain a fan that helps to keep the system cool. So, it is perfectly normal

to hear the sounds of fans whirring if you have your computer switched on. But, if you’ve found yourself

wondering why is my MacBook air fan so loud ? It could be that your computer is actually overheating and this could cause the components to wear

down and stop performing much faster than usual. Luckily, you can cool it down quickly by pausing any

processes that are using a lot of power, moving your laptop to a cooler part of the house, or best of all

turning it off completely.

Laptops and computers are expensive, so the last thing you want is for them to fail, and by acting as

soon as you hear excessive fan noises, you will stand a much better chance of preventing that.

Squeaking furnaces

Squeaking furnaces could be a sign that the bearings inside the motor require oil or that one of the

components has broken off completely. If you ignore this particular issue, you could risk having the

motor fail on you, which would be an expensive problem to put right.


Buzzing sounds are really concerning, especially if they are coming from inside the walls because they

could indicate that something is going wrong with your electrical system, If left unchecked, this could

increase the risk of fire or serious injury in your home. An electrician will be able to quickly assess the situation and make any necessary repairs - do not try

to do this yourself.

Of course, another common cause of buzzing inside the walls are bee and wasp infestations, which

while not necessarily being quite as serious, still need to be dealt with as soon as possible because the

longer they are left, the worse the problem will get.

Humming electricals

Some humming is fine, for example, a fridge that hums a little is probably not going to cause a problem,

although it may be a little overfilled, and cleaning it out might help, and if it hums a lot it could be that it

requires a new compressor. However, if appliances like dishwashers and tumble dryers are humming, it

could mean that something has become stuck and you will need to call an expert in to work out exactly

what is going on.

Whistling windows

When windows are installed properly, they will not make a sound at all. If the weatherstripping is failing or there is a crack in the frame, however, it may be that they will cause a whistling sound,

especially when it is windy outside. This is not something dangerous, but the sooner you fix the problem,

the better because you will be wasting energy if you leave cracks and leaks in your windows.

It is possible to fix weatherstripping yourself, but if you're not confident, hiring an expert to do it for you is

often the more sensible course of action to take

A popping furnace

If your furnace is popping, it could be the case that the gas line has become blocked and this is

something that requires swift action as it could be dangerous if left untouched and you cannot simply

meddle with the gas line on your own.

If you hear any of these noises, do not hesitate to take action, find the source, and where necessary call

in an expert to repair the source of the issue.

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