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Question DetailsAsked on 7/20/2015

How to reduce heat pump noise pollution? Vendor recommended heat pump 2 yrs ago but never mentioned noise.

What is vendor responsibility on advising about heat pump noise? Wasn't even looking to buy heat pump in 1st place! 2 yrs ago Mar 2013 (during prepaid HVAC spring tuneup) I was told AC compressor was shot. Sales rep rec'd replacing w/ heat pump to also lower heating costs (had just replaced 15+ yr old natural gas furnace Dec 2012 after fly-wheel disintegrated). Not 1 word about heat pump noise pollution. Hated noise, complained last 2 yrs; was told nothing much quieter available. Dampening jacket & legs just band-aids. (At least now I know to run "Emergency Heat" mode 80% of yr - i.e. turn off heat pump & run lovely QUIET new gas furnace full time). Heat pump decibel levels (40-60 db) exceed growing # of local noise ordinances (often 45db during day, 30db at night). Is only solution to shell out $500+ for acoustic fence to avoid neighbor complaints/being cited? Why should anyone buy a heat pump? Year-round noise pollution negates any potential benefit. Feel like a chump

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If you got a new gas furnace just because the fan wheell was shot, I am afraid you got burned - that is only a couple hundred to maybe $500 repair, depending on whether the motor bearings went out in the process.

Lot of people complain about heat pumps and A/C's making noise - most manaufacturers make silencing enclosures for their units. The blankets are generlaly VERY, VERY bad because they retain heat in the unit it should be getting grid of - the enclosures have adequate room and ventilation to alleviate that except in the hottest conditions. Course, probably same cost roughly as the $500 your said for an acoustic fence.

Other alternative, but probably at least as expensive to get ones tall enough to be immediately effective, is a planted screen of overlapping cypresses or such evergreens. leaving enough clearance for maintenance of the unit of course.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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