Near is subjective, but I don't think so. We have three young 8'-10' at least 30' from the garage side of our house. Neighbors have maybe 10 of those a few plots away.
Our house is one house plus a street width away from a small farm land of about 8 city blocks in a 4x2 pattern (usually just corn). There's a few acres of 40'+ pines (wind break next to a farm) on the other side, about 3-4 blocks away.
I sometimes hear it drip into the floor drain when the air is on. When I put in the UV over the a-coil a few years ago, I remember noting that the drain was not at the lowest point of the drip pan. I'm no engineer, but that would seem to indicate a design flaw.
I'll leave the investigation of that up to the pro -- who ever that may be. And hopefully that plastic isn't too brittle from the high UV exposure...
I just had a new Trane X15? heatpump/air handler installed last march. I also had them install an Aprilaire #2210 Whole House Filter. They also replaced all the duct under the house (crawlspace) where the new unit is. I've got a 2-story townhouse 1275 sqft. -- 3 separate registers going upstairs have origional ducts.
I started the heat a couple of weeks ago, when it got cold at night. The system did not come on again for a couple of days -(the temps outside were perfect), however when the A/C did come back on, a horrible odor was coming out of the vents. After I educated myself by reading ALOT on this terrific website I was certain that it was what one of the Professional Members called "Dirty Sock Syndrome".
Trane is sending my contractors a solution to apply to the coils -that is (apparently) going to 'sit' on the e-coil for 72 hours with system off. Then I have to turn the system on, and let it off-gas the chemicals on the contaminated coil. I'm told I have to leave the premises while the house airs out.
My questions are, (and I hope this helps the origional poster), wasn't my Aprilaire MERV 10? supposed to protect my coil (for at least the first 7 months?) The contractor told me I might have to replace my filter in a couple of months (every 9 months) He took a look at the coil and didn't 'see' anything 'growing' --but he said the smell was definately coming from the coil.
So, when these chemicals are off-gasing, should I be using a new filter for this step, or wait until afterword? I'm concerned that either the filter is defective, or the cabinet itself was/is not properly sealed. The contractor said I probably have leaking ducts---but shouldn't the filter (which is installed right before the coil) catch any contaminants that the 'leaky' ducts might pull into this area?
I apologize for the length of my post. Just trying to anticipate the additional info that you may need to help answer. At $XX per filter I would have hoped for better operation, my concern is re-contamination DURING the coil cleaning process. Getting rid of that smell early in this process, seems to be of some importance for preventing a 5-year-long ordeal of cleaning, UV lights, more UV lights, higher MERV filters, replacing with identical coil, another cleaning with a 'New' coil cleaning solution, etc... like those who posted to this website with the same problem. Thanks in advance.
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