Static Noise in Condo Caused by Unknown Source


T.L. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I have a static noise coming from one interior wall in my condo living room. When I apply pressure to the wall the noise stops. It is only happening on the last 4 weekends. Any ideas what it could be or how I can get it to stop?

Mister Condo replies:

T.L., I am sorry for your discomfort. I am not a building engineer or electrician but if what you are describing is a static noise, I would think it is in your best interest to have a building expert take a look, listen, and even a measurement to make sure you aren’t experiencing some type of electrical short circuit that could cause a shock or fire hazard. If the source of the noise or static seems to be from within your unit, it may be on you to bring in a building inspector or electrician to give a listen and pinpoint the source. If the source is an association-caused issue (a faulty sump pump, an overloaded electrical line, etc.) then report the problem to the association for remedy. If it is something else (a refrigerator, a treadmill, other appliance that you own) you should take measures to remove the problem. If the static noise is caused by a neighbor’s electronics, report it to the Board and they should see what can be done to remedy the situation. Be careful, don’t get hurt, and seek professional help to solve this mystery. Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Static Noise in Condo Caused by Unknown Source

  1. I am in agreement with Mister Condo. There are a couple of other things to do (gathering information) which may help you or the expert diagnose the problem:
    1) record the place, time of day, and day the sound is heard (or not heard).
    2) Shut off your circuits to that area(s) of the condo and see if the sound stops. It’s best if you try this with an assistant and you can converse over your cell phones. If the sound stops, it is electrical and have it checked out immediately. If the sound does not abate, it might still be electrical.
    3) Report the issue to your condo association management team once you’ve gathered the facts. They might track the issue down esp. if it is in a common wall.

    Good luck!

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