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    bad smell from two stage carrier

    Helenheven,
    Did you ever get this problem resolved? If so, how? I am having the exact same problem with a new 2-stage Carrier forced air furnace. After 7 months use it still emits a mildly toxic odor which wreaks havoc on my airways. I am choosing to stay cold so I can breathe. The installer is of no help. I have extreme sensitivity to smells and inhaled irritants.

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    New installation I'm guessing?

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    If your coil was upstream of the blower I would say that the drain trap in heating season would be dry an possible pulling sewer gases. But since you have a furnace most likely the coil is downstream of blower.

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    Don't know if I can say this in AOP, but in 2 rare cases I have cleaned the evap coil with a vinegar solution when the home owner has been especially sensitive to smells on a new install

    In both cases, the home owner was happy with the results, but what I don't know is if we were cleaning off chemicals, or if it was just mind over matter.

    Its a long shot for sure, but it should be relatively cheap for you to have your installer do if it is suspect

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    The best thing for you to do is to call a professional. Unfortunately, we cannot smell anything from our keyboard. Check our contractor map for someone in your area. A good tech can determine the source of the smell and offer several reasonable solutions for you and your system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Ridley View Post
    The best thing for you to do is to call a professional. Unfortunately, we cannot smell anything from our keyboard. Check our contractor map for someone in your area. A good tech can determine the source of the smell and offer several reasonable solutions for you and your system.
    +1

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    Thanks for the suggestions. My installer is adamant that the furnace is not causing my problem, so he is useless to me. I am sensitive to chemicals and something is coming off this furnace. Is there a tech in the Los Angeles County area that has experience with troubleshooting a newer furnace for a chemically sensitive person? I regret getting rid of my old Gaffers and Sattler unit.
    Also, after using the unit for 7 months, is it possible that any residual oil (or whatever they use to prevent rust) is still on the heat exchanger? I always kept the thermostat at 74 degrees.

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