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January 2, 2013 10:24 PM Subscribe
Why does my heater make my apartment smell smoky?
posted by thack3r to home & garden (7 answers total)
I live in a small apartment in central Texas. Earlier today, the heater was running, albeit very loudly. Tonight, I set the thermostat and went out to dinner. When I returned, three and a half hours later, the apartment was hazy and smelled of smoke. I immediately turned the heater off and opened windows. There were no signs of fire, and the haze cleared quickly. After an hour or so, my curiosity got the better of me and I turned the heat back on to try to troubleshoot the problem. The electric AC/heater combo unit made a very loud shuddering noise, not unlike a stalling engine, so I immediately switched the unit off again and flipped the breaker leading to it off.
I am safe and planning on monitoring the situation for a few more hours before I go to bed, have a working smoke detector, and am not feeling ill. My question: what happened? Did the motor in the AC/heater unit fail, causing smoke to be fanned thru the apartment? Should I crash at a friend's place? Obviously, I will be calling my landlord to send a technician tomorrow, but I'm curious about what happened.