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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oil smell from forced air

I bought a house and this is the 2nd winter (1st full winter) that we have been living there. The house is heated with oil/forced air and I've notice that an oil smell is present when the fan kicks on. Now, there are 3 registers on the 1st floor, 1 in the basement and 3 more upstairs and the smell seems to be present primarily only on the 1 register on the 1st floor. I have a C02 alarm and it has never gone off, but last night the smell was bad for a good 10 seconds after the fan kicked on, so much that I lit a scented candle to lessen the smell.
Could this be caused by the heat exchange, and why is the smell primarily coming out of the 1 register?
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Re: Oil smell from forced air

another thing I was thinking is maybe the jets are clogged and not all of the oil is being burned?
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Re: Oil smell from forced air

About a year ago, we started to smell a lighter fluid-like smell when the furnace would start up. I went into the basement and it was stronger down there when the furnace was running. It turned out to be a cracked heat exchanger. We have an oil-fired forced air furnace like you. We replaced the whole furnace.
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Re: Oil smell from forced air

It very well could be a cracked heat exchanger.
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Re: Oil smell from forced air

Also check and make sure the there is`nt a blockage in the flue.

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Re: Oil smell from forced air

Does it happen EVERY time?

We get a little smell when we have just had oil delivered, but that's gone soon and then nothing.
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Re: Oil smell from forced air

G2,Do`nt let it go to long. About 8 years ago we had what is called a puffback.We were comming home New Years Eve and walking down the walkway we could smell oil and the smoke detecters were going off,the house was filled with smoke. There was a partial blockage in our chimmny.What a mess, We had to have a cleaning service come in and clean everything in the house and I mean everything.We had to repaint ceilings,walls. The trim cleaned up.So get it checked right away.

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Re: Oil smell from forced air

Have it checked ASAP by a competent burner mechanic.

Cracked exchanger; Partially clogged chimney; Burning too "rich", all possibilities, none good. They need cleaned/checked every fall.

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Re: Oil smell from forced air

sounds like you may need a new nozzle. have a furnace guy come out and give it a check.

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Re: Oil smell from forced air

Fuel pump leaking possible?

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