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Neighbor's oil furnace noise

Bing Member Posts: 6
I live in a 2-story brick house adjoining my neighbor's. On Dec19 2010 they  replace an old oil furnace with a Crown (model# start with K). It has created a low freqency hum or rumbling noise that has permeated my whole house when the boiler is running. The discomfort also interfere with my trying to sleep. There was never problem with the old boiler. The homeowner and installer have observed the problem in my home, but have decided they can do nothing about it.That has left me frustrated and in a lurch. I,m at wits end, can you offer me some help on what to do?

Thank you 


  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385

    Probably there was a change in venting. That would be your only recourse if it is not up to code? 
  • World Plumber
    World Plumber Member Posts: 389
    Zoneing officer

    You could call the local zoning office and ask them to take a look at it. If it doesn't meet zoning regulations they will set some kind of sanctions. Installed properly it should not be keeping the neighbor awake. If it's that loud you could report it to the police as disturbing the peace. Most places loud noise after 10 PM is not allowed. I don't exactly think that will make for friendly neighbors, but it doesn't sound like they are trying to be neighborly to you.
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541

    Power vented?
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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,899
    Might be a resonance issue

    with that burner on that boiler. Also, did they re-line the chimney? 
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  • Bing
    Bing Member Posts: 6
    Boiler noise

    They did put in a steel liner. The old clay liner had collapsed. I will try to find out the model number of the boiler and the burner. A resonance problem may be a possibility. Along with the hum there is also a kind of subsonic vibration that irritates my nerves. You know it's there, you feel it. 
  • Jack
    Jack Member Posts: 1,047
    insulate the liner

    Not sure, but you have a hollow tube in a chamber. If you can pour a couple bags of vermiculite around the liner it will likely dampen any noise or resonance out of the pipe. The problem with Vermiculite is that you have to have a good dam at the bottom of the chimney. I knew a sweep who had a vermiculite avalanche into a customers living room once. Don't go there.
  • Bing
    Bing Member Posts: 6
    I need an expert

    Is there anyone who works in the Brooklyn NY area that is familiar with the Crown (Kingston) oil boiler and its associate burner. I need an expert who can solve this noise problem.

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