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Old 10-02-2011, 09:10 AM   #1
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Have a pretty smelly furnace. when running smells like dust and old something but the smell goes away after an hour.
Replaced furnace filter and ran the system for a day. Smell still comes back every time I turn the system on but goes away after an hour again...
any suggestions please...

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Old 10-02-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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Is this a gas furnace, or a heat pump?

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Old 10-02-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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If its heat pump with back up electric heat. It will have something on heat element and soon go away. But it can be coil pan for ac has water in it still and maybe getting smell from that. It should go away if you run system for couple days. If not you need to get service tech just in case u have something going wrong.
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Is this a gas furnace, or a heat pump?
its a gas furnace
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #5
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What you have is referred to as dirty sock syndrome.
Basically there is bacteria on the coil from running in cooling, and staying damp. Take a can of lysol (not the nice flower fresh bunny smell, get the nasty hospital industrial kill the earth version). Turn the system to off and the fan to the on position. Spray the lysol into the return until you pass out from the fumes. When you wake up do it some more .
Let the air circulate for a while. If its above 65 outside, you can run the system in cooling for a little while and help to remove the lysol. Airing out the house will help too.
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What you have is referred to as dirty sock syndrome.
Basically there is bacteria on the coil from running in cooling, and staying damp. Take a can of lysol (not the nice flower fresh bunny smell, get the nasty hospital industrial kill the earth version). Turn the system to off and the fan to the on position. Spray the lysol into the return until you pass out from the fumes. When you wake up do it some more .
Let the air circulate for a while. If its above 65 outside, you can run the system in cooling for a little while and help to remove the lysol. Airing out the house will help too.
Im not sure what you mean running in cooling?
there is no A/C...and to my knowledge there is no fan only control...
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I just assumed you had a/c. I'm in Florida, a house without air conditioning is called a shed..
Is there a lot of dust build-up in the fan compartment, or return ducting?
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ill get back to this.. I have a tenant downstairs and takes a while to get in there... ill check everything and come back this ev..

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