Hello all,

I performed an audit the other day and one of the homeowners' largest concerns was a funky smell in the ducts that serve the upper stories (of a 3-story row home in Washington, DC). The smell is similar to that you will find in a bouse house (i.e. porta-John).

The smell came while running the heat. 

The HVAC unit for the upper stories is an air-source heat pump.

The heat pump and ducts were recently installed by the guy who was flipping the house. An HVAC permit was not pulled.

Any ideas on what may be happening? 

Thanks,

Patrick

Views: 1472

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Colin,

The HOs are super-busy around the holidays so they have not had the time yet to have me back in their house since the initial visit.

I will def follow-up after I get back into their house.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

RSS

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Profile IconChristopher Talarico and Aaren Stewart joined Home Energy Pros
24 minutes ago
jerry gentile posted a status
"hello- anyone challenge the written QCI exam?"
59 minutes ago
Kevin Jordan posted photos
5 hours ago
Susan E. Buchan's event was featured

EEBA Excellence in Building Conference at Doubletree Union Station Hotel

September 23, 2014 at 8am to September 25, 2014 at 2pm
21 hours ago
Susan E. Buchan posted an event

EEBA Excellence in Building Conference at Doubletree Union Station Hotel

September 23, 2014 at 8am to September 25, 2014 at 2pm
21 hours ago
Rem Husted replied to Andy Gostisha's discussion Disguising Ductless Heat Pump Units
"I think most consumers wouldn't want a big box called a refrigerator or a stove or…"
22 hours ago
Scott Katznelson replied to Scott Katznelson's discussion Database of zip code or county by climate zone
"You know those maps you can find for energy code climate zone specific reference.  That's…"
23 hours ago
JEFFREY M HUGO, CBO replied to Richard Beyer's discussion Sprinkler Mandate Debated.. What do you think should be done?
"Fire sprinklers operate when the fires are small. Typically it only takes approx 20 gallons per…"
23 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service