Heater - Mystery Smell

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  1. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    This weekend the truma heater started to omit a rather unpleasant smell. We have checked the vents and there doesn't seem to be anything in them as far as we can see. When I open the cupboard door there isn't an obvious smell in the cupboard, just a waft of something now and then.

    Has anyone any clues what might be causing this?
     
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    Dead mouse.
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Ew:Eeek: I hope not. No sign of any mice in the van and no smell when the heater is not on. If there is a dead one in the air vent pipes how the hell we are going to get at it or even find out where it is?
     
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    Disconnect the air pipes from the heater and run the heater and see if the smell goes. If the smell is gone, then you know its something in the pipe. You would be surprised how the little horrors get in there.
     
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    Can you describe the smell? Is it a dead animal type of smell or a burning smell? or perhaps a damp smell.

    D.
     
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    dead mice dont smell for long.....rats, on the other hand, stink for weeks.

    i've had the lot...mice, squirrel or rat, bees in the fridge vent duct and even a small bird living in the blown air heater fan chamber.

    cost hours of my time repairing mice/rat chewed wiring :Angry:.
     
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    Ok, just back in from trying a few experiments.

    No smell when just operating the blow air with no heating.
    No smell when just heating on.
    When heating on and putting nose right up to each vent - no smell from vents.

    But intermittent waft of something smelly, not hot wire/ electric smell, it's hard to describe it, not a damp smell either.

    Will investigate more when we get home.
     
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    overcharging/sulphated battery....rotton egg smell ?
     
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    Did the missus overdo it on the Chardonnay last night and have a dump in the wardrobe????

    Mines always doing it :Rofl1:
     
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    Erm, I am the missus and no I didn't:Sad:

    Definitely no a bad egg smell, only smelling when heater is warming the van, not when it is just heating the hot water.

    I have a awful feeling something has died somewhere:cry:
     
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    Dust probably
    when was the heater last used or serviced ?
     
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    Lucky she does n`t drink Guinness !
     
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    Two weeks ago in France, no smells then. But it doesn't smell when heating water only, so I don't think there is anything wrong with the heater. I guess there is something either in one of the pipes or resting against one, as the pipes warm up whatever it is starts to smell. Whatever it is it is horrid.
     
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    Was colin nearby at the time?:BigGrin:
     
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    Has Colin lost a sock :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Smell

    Have you got a Carbon Monoxide detector & if so is it working?

    Could it be a Co spillage/leak?

    You mention that it is only when the heater is on for the van which is I presume when the air vents are opened to the van but when on hot water no smell would the vents be closed so no smells into the air ducts.

    Arthur
     
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    :Rofl1: it smells like he has stuffed his 2 week worn grollies and 4 times worn running shorts, as well as his socks down the side of the heater!

    We have a carbon monoxide detector fitted just about the heater. The vents are open all the time, whether just heating the van or just the water. I know the smell of gas not burning properly as our fridge has played up in the past, but this smells nothing like that.
     
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    Have you got a Carbon Monoxide detector & if so is it working?

    Could it be a Co spillage/leak?


    Don't think CO2 has any smell.

     
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    Heater smell

    Send in a dead cat??:Rofl1:
     
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    CO not CO2 although both are odourless.

    D.
     
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