The apartment I am living in has a nasty odor coming from underneath the furnace/ac and water heater. The air for the furnace is sucked up from this underneath section making all of the air that is sent through the vents have this mildewy,musty odor throughout the whole apartment. Even if the air is not on if you open the closet door that houses the furnace/ac and hot water heater tank you can smell this odor and if you open the vent below the flooring of these units you can really smell it.
Is there a way to add on some type of extension to the “air intake” area so that it sucks up air from inside of my apartment to blow through the vents and not such up this nasty air below the unit and behind the wall?
Is this setup safe? Is the setup that the apartment has now against building code? Or a health department violation? When I have had maintenance here before they pretend like they do not smell anything however every guests I have had over has mentioned it and when I show them where I think it is coming from they agree that it is very strong in that area.
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If I cannot add an extension to pull air from inside of my apartment than what can be done because the air that is being sucked and pushed through the furnace/ac makes the whole apartment smell moldy, mildewy, dusty and dirty and sometimes emits an ammonia odor.
I have tried using a carbon filter for the A/C filter but it does nothing to help the smell. I have no pets so it is not a pet odor issue on my part either.
Please help, I am desperate and so embarrassed and with the amount of rent we pay it feels unacceptable to be dealing with this odor.