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Wierd Smell from my Gas Furnace?

I just got home, and my house had a weird smell in it. Not a rotten egg, gas smell, but a "metallic" corroded battery/battery acid smell (Sorry but it is hard to describe) The smell is definitly coming through the vents. The furnace and gas lines are new this year (We just switched from electric)

The bugees are still alive so i guess thats a good sign lol... any other idea ?

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May 11, 2005
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"Corroded battery" smell sounds electrical. If you have a humidifier connected to the furnace, check to see there's no electrical problems with the unit. Also take a look at the wires connecting to the furnace motor itself. A "Burnt Dust" smell is normal when your furnace kicks in after a long while off.

Ya, the internet isn't a great place to describe odours! :cheesygri
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ITS GOING TO BLOW....GET OUT!!!!!!

It could be a dead mouse decaying in your vents. My cousin had a similiar problem!!!

Blood usually smells like iron and metallicy....just a thought!
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Definately call your gas company... to be safe. Also shut off the furnace or at least open some windows incase there is co2 which is odorless.
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ephemera wrote:Definately call your gas company... to be safe. Also shut off the furnace or at least open some windows incase there is co2 which is odorless.
... and go out and buy a CO2 alarm or two ...
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I think you guys are talking about CO alarms. (Carbon monoxide.)

A CO2 alarm, (carbon dioxide), would be pretty useless for a house.
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light a match. if nothing happens we're one step closer to identifying the smell.
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15-20_God wrote:light a match. if nothing happens we're one step closer to identifying the smell.

lmao your comments always make me laugh....nice one..

about the smell...it may be a dead rat like some one suggested?...
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ephemera wrote:Definately call your gas company... to be safe. Also shut off the furnace or at least open some windows incase there is co2 which is odorless.
If your house has no CO2, you really have a problem.
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The house has no problem; it's the people living in the house that's got some problems.
gman wrote:If your house has no CO2, you really have a problem.
:D
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wiggy wrote:... and go out and buy a CO2 alarm or two ...
Uh oh. My house has quite a bit of carbon dioxide on the air (approximately 0.04%), as well as a considerable amount of nitrogen (approximately 78%). Should I be concerned?
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Humans breath out Co2 :lol: CO- carbon monoxide is the dangerous part. I would run to [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=24]Canadian Tire[/rfdlink], grab a CO alarm and set it up. If it detects any amount, run and call the fire dept. If not, get your vents cleaned.
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gei wrote:Uh oh. My house has quite a bit of carbon dioxide on the air (approximately 0.04%), as well as a considerable amount of nitrogen (approximately 78%). Should I be concerned?
Ya...wheres the oxygen?
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i think the OP is already dead, not posted back since :lol:



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computer01 wrote:I think you guys are talking about CO alarms. (Carbon monoxide.)

A CO2 alarm, (carbon dioxide), would be pretty useless for a house.
Yup. My mistake. Thanks.
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