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Old 2017-11-30, 01:33 PM
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Default Strange stains and filter looks dirty

For the past few days, I am noticing that carpet became dirty near heating vents / registers. HVAC filter is so dirty and black soot is formed on the filter. I am concerned of what could be the possible issue. I moved into new home in May 2017. any ideas / suggestions to take necessary action.

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Old 2017-11-30, 01:46 PM
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That is not normal unless it was there before you moved in. Construction debris can cause issues, however if you changed your filter regularly then nothing should be like that.

I would recommend contacting your builder and asking them to have a look at it. It suggests there may be something going on with your HVAC system.
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Old 2017-11-30, 03:12 PM
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These are real photos from my home. I contacted the builder and left a voice mail. No call back yet.
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Have you ever changed the filter? May to Nov is 6 months and if you've never changed the filter it could possibly be 9-10 months old assuming the furnace ran in the winter during construction.

The filter should be changed quarterly (every 3 months).
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Old 2017-12-01, 09:14 AM
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I change them bi-weekly to monthly. At first, I used filters from Costco and they are little pricy. When the filters are getting fast dirty, I switched to filters from Home Depot and changing them very frequently.
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Old 2017-12-01, 09:33 AM
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yikes. no idea what could be introducing all that into your house.

Not that this is the solution, but Id recommend the cheapest filters available at walmart. I didnt like how the rock catchers at home depot have no real filtering at all, but didnt want anything too fine as to stress the furnace blower. The basic pleated filtrete filters at walmart are a happpy medium
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Old 2017-12-09, 11:42 AM
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Any update on this?

Im troubled because whatever that black crud is, its airborne in your house. You are breathing it.
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Old 2017-12-11, 02:33 PM
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I have no updates on this. No rep from builder contacted me.

Do you suggest anyone to visit my home and do an inspection.

My son is coughing a lot during night times, Do you think this black crud could be a potential problem.

My home is a town home and don't have HRV installed. Moreover, I am new to all these terms (HRV, Black Crud, heat exchanger). So, it I don't have any clue whats going on.

@good2know can you visit my home and see what's going on. I appreciate your inputs and response here.
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Old 2017-12-11, 04:06 PM
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Call in a hvac gas technician. They can check the integrity of the heating system.

They have the equipment and knowledge to diagnose the issues... Including combustion analysis of furnace and water heater..

I wouldnt wait on the builder if there is a safety concern..

Your son should see a doctor.. Could be related or unrelated.
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Old 2017-12-11, 04:12 PM
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yep. I am on calls to get HVAC technician home. Hopefully, I will get someone today.
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