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marite696 05-30-2011 06:25 PM

I live on an apartment building and my A/C unit is on the ceiling by the hallway. My neighbors smoke and I can smell it like if it was in my house, same thing when they cook. I am not sure if the firewall where the AC is cracked and the smell comes from there or if it is coming from their AC to my AC. Any help or ideas will help.

Thank you.

***I am the owner of this condo, I bought it without knowing about this issue. Would the home owners association be responsible for it?***

beenthere 05-30-2011 09:22 PM

Call your landlord and let them know. You don't want to be messing around with it if you rent. Probably not sealed right between apartments.

Artco 05-30-2011 10:21 PM

I agree with beenthere have the landlord check it.

yuri 05-31-2011 05:41 AM

If the landlord blows you off call the rentalsman or housing authority or fire dept as a last resort. Fire separation is a HUGE safety concern and they take it seriously.

del schisler 05-31-2011 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by marite696 (Post 658006)
I live on an apartment building and my A/C unit is on the ceiling by the hallway. My neighbors smoke and I can smell it like if it was in my house, same thing when they cook. I am not sure if the firewall where the AC is cracked and the smell comes from there or if it is coming from their AC to my AC. Any help or ideas will help.

Thank you.

***I am the owner of this condo, I bought it without knowing about this issue. Would the home owners association be responsible for it?***

sound's like the key here is I bought it without knowing about this issue. Look's like you will have to fix it. I don't belive the home owners association is responsible . Sound's like the AC unit is located in the wrong place. In the hall way it will pick up what goes down the hall way. This mite be a big problum .You may have to relocate the AC ??? May not be able to do it ?? good luck I don't smoke and i know i would be upset

gregzoll 05-31-2011 08:51 AM

Any gaps, or even the smallest crack in a unit will cause orders to migrate. It is about Positive & negative airflow in how to keep this from happening. You may want to look at a filter that helps to filter those particulates out of the air when the unit is running, also seal any cracks under your front door with a door sweep, or door sock. Basically when your unit is running, it is pulling the air from the hall. Bad thing about apartments & condos, is most were designed before air quality was placed into the thought. Especially those buildings that are over fifty years or older.


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