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02-12-18, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)  
oil furnace vapors

hello everyone, need a little feedback here please...

within the last week i am getting strong vapors at my front and back door entrance from my oil furnace.
there is no strong smell within the house, around the house or underneath my house at the furnace and tank.

the smell is only noticeable at the front and back door, as if its trapped between the storm door and main door. when you open the storm door you immediately notice a very strong (very strong!) fuel odor but as soon as you enter into the house it is no longer noticeable??

everything appears to be working properly and connections seem fine but i have not been able to check my flue due to weather.

....any help or suggestions would be appreciated

Thanks - Bags

 
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02-12-18, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)  
Very strange. I'm assuming you are talking about a raw fuel oil smell..... not flue gases. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

You would think that it would be noticeable in the basement near the furnace.
If it was a heat exchanger problem the smell would be all thru the house.


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02-13-18, 09:01 AM   #3 (permalink)  
Posted By: PJmax Very strange. I'm assuming you are talking about a raw fuel oil smell..... not flue gases. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

You would think that it would be noticeable in the basement near the furnace.
If it was a heat exchanger problem the smell would be all thru the house.
i know...i have to assume that there is to some degree fumes in the house, maybe not real noticeable yet it builds up at the doors trying to escape????
...and yes, raw fuel smell

 
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02-13-18, 09:15 AM   #4 (permalink)  
Is it possible that your Oil Delivery person spilt some fuel near one of those doors ?

 
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02-13-18, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)  
Posted By: Vermont Is it possible that your Oil Delivery person spilt some fuel near one of those doors ?
I doubt he spilled fuel near each door... also it's not as noticeable until you open the storm door

 
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02-13-18, 03:58 PM   #6 (permalink)  
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Unless you have a fire that is burning really bad so the fumes really travel which seems unlikely since you can't smell anything in the basement it sounds like you may have a cracked heat exchanger.

They make smoke bombs that you put into your fire chamber and when your blower starts if you have a cracked exchanger the smoke will come out of the registers. Your chamber is a sealed unit to contain the fire and exhaust only to the chimney. If nothing comes out you're good, at least as far as that goes and your problem lies elsewhere.

Just a thought, hope this helps a little.

 
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02-14-18, 10:21 AM   #7 (permalink)  
Posted By: spott B,
Unless you have a fire that is burning really bad so the fumes really travel which seems unlikely since you can't smell anything in the basement it sounds like you may have a cracked heat exchanger.

They make smoke bombs that you put into your fire chamber and when your blower starts if you have a cracked exchanger the smoke will come out of the registers. Your chamber is a sealed unit to contain the fire and exhaust only to the chimney. If nothing comes out you're good, at least as far as that goes and your problem lies elsewhere.

Just a thought, hope this helps a little.
hmmm... that sounds interesting, Thanks i'm going to look into that.
do you know what these "bombs" are called or a link??

 
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02-14-18, 10:39 AM   #8 (permalink)  
Check out this Google search: https://www.google.com/search?client....0.Z0gZl3odMlo

 
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02-14-18, 01:27 PM   #9 (permalink)  
https://www.grainger.com/

In the search bar type in smoke bombs for the options.

It will give you some idea of what you are looking for.

Hope this helps a little.

 
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02-15-18, 07:05 AM   #10 (permalink)  
Posted By: spott https://www.grainger.com/

In the search bar type in smoke bombs for the options.

It will give you some idea of what you are looking for.

Hope this helps a little.
thanks, i'll check it out..

 
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