Ask RiotACT: Noisy neighbour air conditioning

Shell-ikes 15 February 2018 11
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,

I have just moved into a house and discovered the neighbour has a double stack air-conditioner pointing at the living room with the air con on all day and most of the night. I don’t know the decibels, but it bothers me that I can hear it with the windows shut. I’d rather work out a peaceful solution with them, even to the point of paying for something to block the sound (within reason) around the unit or on the fence.

I’d appreciate any experience or advice on this.

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11 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Noisy neighbour air conditioning
Maya123 Maya123 3:31 pm 27 Feb 18

Shame there are not regulations that restrict where air-conditioning can be placed, to keep them away from neighbours’ windows and doors.

Maya123 Maya123 3:11 pm 18 Feb 18

Shame people think they need air-conditioning. I have lived in Canberra for over forty years and never found the need for it. I am mind boggled what your neighbour’s electricity bill must be.

    Shell-ikes Shell-ikes 4:06 pm 26 Feb 18

    Thanks Maya123. Obviously the cost isn’t a factor in this case – the bills must be very high.

    bigred bigred 4:58 pm 27 Feb 18

    There is any number of people living in the community who need o be able to tightly control the temperature in their abodes due to chronic medical conditions or disability. A couple that come to mind are quadriplegia and multiple sclerosis. Your views on this are insensitive and ill considered.

ChrisinTurner ChrisinTurner 12:51 pm 18 Feb 18

Suggest you instal double glazing.

    Maya123 Maya123 3:13 pm 18 Feb 18

    Double glazing only works when the window is closed. They should have a right to fresh air without the noisy. (Although how fresh that air would be with an air-conditioner outside.)

    Shell-ikes Shell-ikes 4:00 pm 26 Feb 18

    Hi – thanks for your suggestion Chrisin but I agree with Maya, I would like to be able to open the windows and enjoy fresh air.

Katy Grimes Katy Grimes 8:18 am 18 Feb 18

Most aircon units are above the recommended noise level but let them know - we built a unit around our pool pump to reduce noise.

Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 9:23 pm 17 Feb 18

Then if nothing changes, double glazed windows or a noise complaint a few times till it's sorted.

    Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 4:31 pm 26 Feb 18

    They don't have to know who made the complaint.

Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 9:23 pm 17 Feb 18

Mention it to them. They might not realize how loud it is.

Our neighbor mentioned ours was loud,it needed a service. We couldn't hear it in the house.

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