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Thread: heat pump odor

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    I have a ten month old 13 seer hvac system with puron technology and all new ductwork. About four months ago I noticed an antifreeze like odor near the return. Now there is a heavy almost putrid odor coming through all of the vents. It is worse in the airconditioning mode. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this. Unit has been inspect twice by installer, can't find anything. Carrier, 38YXA, 5 ton.

    [Edited by rhondaj on 11-03-2006 at 11:49 PM]

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    Do a search on "Dirty Socks Syndrome".
    "FIGHT CRIME: SHOOT BACK"

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    rhondaj,

    would you post the model numbers please, thanks.

    Dave

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    half vast experience and ideas.
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    flex duct under the home?

    maybe a raccoon decided to make a home in there.

    then died.

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    Frown

    If the installer can't diagnose the problem, I say that stinks.

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    bad smell

    is your unit under a house in a crawl space or in an attic or in a finished basement and is it in the south east dirty sock is primarily a problem in the south east.but i have never seen it on a unit thats in an attice

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    Re: bad smell

    Originally posted by bama35761
    is your unit under a house in a crawl space or in an attic or in a finished basement and is it in the south east dirty sock is primarily a problem in the south east.but i have never seen it on a unit thats in an attice

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    Frown bad smell

    Unit is in the attic, dry climate, California. Entire system is new.

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    Dirty socks syndrome

    I have been looking into the 'dirty socks syndrome'. Does anyone have definitive answers to cause and/or remedy?

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    The only permanent fix I have found is a coated coil. For Trane equipment I can get them from Trane, I don't know if Carrier has such a thing though.
    For brands other than Trane we order a brand new coil and send it off to Technicoat.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    check to see if they drained your condensate into the sewer line on the roof.




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