We recently moved to Miami and purchased a house in March. When we had it inspected, the results came back that there was a mild amount of mold on the air handler--people reassured us this was common down here. As the air conditioning units were the original ones from when the house was built in 1973, we took the opportunity to replace both and also had the air ducts thoroughly cleaned.
Ever since we have been experiencing a urine-like smell coming through our air ducts. We have checked everything, including having the air duct cleaning company come back. No one seems to know what is causing this smell, but it is foul.
The smell is especially strong in our kitchen. The kitchen is on the ground floor, but the air vent flow is connected to the upstairs air duct. We don't know why it was set up this way, rather than on the downstairs unit. I am not sure whether this could be relevant. Occasionally we will smell the urine in the upstairs rooms as well.
I read on another posting about UVC lights and photocatalytic systems. Would these be potential solutions? Would a dehumidifyer work? What kind of service should we call to get this evaluated? Thus far everyone we've called hasn't a clue what the problem is and we are very concerned by this.
We have a 3 year old who has been suffering from a lot of
respiratory illness since we moved here, although I don't know whether it has to do with our house or his preschool....
Thanking you in advance for your help with this