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airheatman, HVAC Technician
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More than one actually. Just moved into a rental, have a

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more than one actually. Just moved into a rental, have a carrier furnace/ac and having an issue with the place being filled with this "combustion gas" smell.
JA: Did you check the furnace's filters?
Customer: changed the filter, is there more than one?
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: No, landlord needs to fix this, but getting a lot of resistance from him. He claims he does not smell the odor, but it's there and its evident.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: yes, the odor seems to reduce a lot if I run the blower constantly, leave it in the ON position. the pilot light seems to be ok, Blue and length of it seem to be ok.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  airheatman replied 11 months ago.

Can you access the exhaust vent and make sure it exits outside? Carbon monoxide itself is odorless but there is an odor derived from burning fuels.

There also should be a supply of fresh air into the closet or furnace location.

If you smell an odor that is evident and landlord will not address call the local housing authority and file a complaint.The landlord is obligated to keep the property in safe livable condition.

You may even want to call in a local furnace person yourself and then when the issue is determined require landlord to correct the issue.