01:53PM | 04/21/00
Member Since: 11/18/98
187 lifetime posts
Last spring, I had a new furnance installed in my 20 year-old house. When the furnance began running last November, I noticed an odd odor (like a dead animal) coming from the vents in my kitchen. The smell is in no other room vent and the smell has gotten progressively worse as the months have gone on.
My kitchen was constructed on a slab but the rest of the house was constructed over a basement. The furnance installer came out and checked the furnance but said the smell was not coming from there. A plumber came out and said there was not evidene of the kitchen sink plumbing pipes being broken. My son has cleaned out the vents from the kitchen all the way to the furnance and found nothing.

What could this 'dead animal' smell possibly be coming from? I am at a loss as to what my next steps should be!!


04:32PM | 04/26/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
206 lifetime posts
Check any likly hole, of small place where you think the smell might be originating from. I know it's frustrating but it has to be somewhere else. A large wasp nest can smell like this.... I had one in my wall and I could have sworn that it too was comming from the furnace return duct.

Check everywhere.

[This message has been edited by HOLLYWOOD (edited April 26, 2000).]


02:52AM | 08/07/00
Member Since: 08/06/00
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Well Handyman, my guess is that 20 years ago when the house was being built someone put a dead body in the slab of your kitchen floor....... and it is just now starting to stink..... I ran into the same problem a few years ago with my old house and I could never figure out what the smell was. I lived with the smell for five years until the State Police and FBI Agents came to my house and told me that a man had confessed to killing three people and that he had put them in the Foundation of my house when it was being constructed. Then it hit me that’s WHAT THAT SMELL IS.. I asked them many questions which they were happy to answer, one of the questions I asked them is how come I could smell the bodies after all they were in concrete. There answer was as follows. after a NUMBER of years in the concrete the bone starts to wither away and the bone MARROW causes a chemical reaction with the lime, which causes the concrete’s “pours” to open up when ever there is direct heat over the “hot spot” needles to say I no longer live there. the FBI tore down the house; however they reimbursed me $80,000.00 so I just built a new house.

It could also be one of the following problems....

1. Are you sure your son checked the vents or did he just say he did? We all know how kids can be, I should know because I am one. I was just pulling your leg about the dead body thing lol I could not let that one go. If any one fell for it please leave a message

2. Maybe check the exhaust on the furnace maybe a rat or a bird got in there I do not know how that would make your kitchen stink but who knows it could.

3. if you cant find out what the smell is maybe you should buy a heapa air filter you can get them real cheap On that will help out a little.


04:17AM | 08/08/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you have central AC:
It likely uses the same duct work as the furnace. If there is no smell when using the AC, that greatly reduces the number of possible places where the problem could be.
What things are unique to the "heating" portion of your system? Probably just the furnace. Look there very thoroughly - especially since the problem started when you got it.
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