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Old 05-30-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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A/C I smell my neighbor's smoke when I turn on my A/C


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.

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

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Old 05-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 05-30-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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I agree with beenthere have the landlord check it.
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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.
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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.

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***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
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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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