My duct work stinks! Help!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gumpsgirl, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Where the temps. have cooled off here and I haven't ran my heat pump for the last several weeks, my vents / duct work is starting to stink. I'm guessing because of the condensation that built up and mixed with the dirt and muck inside the duct work and has now dried out. Is there anything I can do to make it smell better? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2009
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    1st....thank goodness you were talking about your heat pump. I almost didnt open this

    Have you thought about just running the pump through a cycle of air and then a cycle or 2 of heat just to clear it out? It might help some.

    Good luck!
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    If it is just dust and such blowing out, just turn it on and leave the house for a while. If it is mold, I don't have any good suggestions except talk to someone who really knows what they are doing. That stuff can hurt you.
  4. kassy68

    kassy68 Songster

    May 10, 2009
    Vassar , Michigan
    My Coop
    you can have them vacuumed.. either you or a professional.. also.. do you have the option on the thermastat to have the fan on "ON" instead of "auto" some do , some don't.. this will help keep the air moving everywhere.. Again.. if not, maybe someone could wire it that way for you.. and yes.. its easy..
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I run just the fan for an hour or so, and spray Lysol in the intake vent. Makes the whole house smell better. And change the filter too.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I thought of a story that might interest you. A guy I once worked with was driving a van pool. The AC system started to stink and some of the passsengers complained. The next morning, on the way to work across the Lake Pontchartrain Bridge from Slidell, he sprayed Lysol into the air return. You can imagine what happened. The passengers came close to lynching him. He could not figure out what he did wrong. They complained and he tried to fix the problem.
  7. rnoyster

    rnoyster Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    Conway, South Carolina
    Check at Lowes or Home Depot for a deodorizer sheet. It will be in the aisle with the HVAC products. They are about $3. You only need to hang the oepned package on the intake filter of your unit and let the system run. Be careful though, some of them are really strong! I suggest using the Vanilla. Just try cutting off a small piece of the outside packaging at first until you get to the strength that you want. They last for about a month or two.
  8. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    We used to have a separate heat pump for a sun room on the back of the house, and the duct work for the sun room ran underneath it in an unheated crawl space. In the fall, condensation would form in the duct, and that in turn caused mildew to form. It was so bad one year that when we turned the heat pump back on, we had black stains forming on the vent cover on the wall. We ended up having to take the ducting down to scrub it out. Eventually, we re-ran the ducts, and we leave the fan running even if we are not heating or cooling.

    I'd suggest scrubbing out your duct work, as you may have mildew. When spring and fall hit, and you're not running the heat or the AC, keep the fan running so that you don't have still air allowing condensation to form. The fan costs money for the electricity, but it's better than blowing mold or mildew into your house.
  9. Royd

    Royd Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Quote:And I thought she did a lousy job, of setting up the HVAC.

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