Draft Inducer blower issues?

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Old 03-03-14, 06:56 AM
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Draft Inducer blower issues?

I just had my furnace draft inducer blower replaced for $600 Amana or Goodman or Janitrol Y3L248B01 Draft Inducer Vent Motor FREE SHIPPING!

About 2 weeks later, I began to notice a burning smell (like burnt marshmellows) and natural gas coming from the air intake units. Does it sound like the issues are related? The smells occur after the furnace has been running for at least 4-5 hours.
 
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I think the burnt marshmellow smell would be a motor running hot. I'm not sure what you mean by " gas from the air intake units". If you are smelling gas that is a big problem.
 
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There is a faint smell of natural gas that seemed to be coming from the main intake vent. In the basement, I could faintly smell natural gas around some of the main return units.

No C02 detectors went off and it wasn't an overly strong smell or anything.

Thank you very much for the reply.
 
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I could faintly smell natural gas around some of the main return units.
Main intake vent and return units ??

Are you talking about the ductwork. Where is the gas smell ...... close to the furnace ?
 
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No gas smell close to the furnace. There is no gas smell where the hot air is coming from any vents. I can run the furnace for a few hours without any smell. It seems like the smell gets backed up and comes from the return vents. Really, it only comes from one, and that is the one on the ground floor.
 
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Do you have an electronic air cleaner installed in your furnace ?
 
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I do not know about the electric air cleaner. All I know is that I have a filter which I can pull out that is a big square.

Friday night is when I started to smell the gas bad and the burning. I shut off the heat for 12 hours, and then tried to run Saturday morning. I ran it for about 6-8 hours Saturday before smelling gas very faintly. I've had the heat off since.

There is still a very very faint smell of gas in some parts of the house, but so faint it could be residual since Saturday? I live in the Northeast, so the house is closed up pretty good.
 
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Old 03-03-14, 11:29 AM
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If you are smelling gas fumes and burning....then it may be a good idea to have the installation of the draft inducer checked as it may be leaking fumes that should be going up the chimney.

At the very least..... call your gas provider..... tell them you have a small gas leak and they will usually come right out.
 
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Hey Dan, The CO detector will not detect Natural gas. Only CO.
 
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Old 03-03-14, 12:06 PM
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skaggsje: Thanks for the feedback about the detectors.

The furnace hasn't been run in about 2 days, but I still faintly smell gas in a few places in the house. All downstairs. The guy who put in the fan will be here shortly, I am just wondering if he is going to take me for a ride. I want to be as educated as possible about the situation.
 
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The guy who replaced the unit a few weeks ago just stopped over. He sniffed around and said he did smell something, but it was most definitely not natural gas. He said it was more like a litter box smell (we don't have a cat).

He said it was likely that an animal got in the unit and was incinerated and that is what we were smelling, or that it was even a smell from the neighbors unit in my condo.

I am a bit perplexed.
 

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