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Old 03-27-2007, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How would one clean ventilation system?

As I had a mouse issue over the winter, I'm left with some residual "hamster smell" in my cabin when I run the fan. My service department was able to clear out most of the mess, but I essentially want to clean out the entire system as best I can. How would I even begin to access the ductwork behind the vent covers?

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I had skunk issues at my house one time. I used a product called XO that worked really well. Perhaps you could spray that into the ventilation system.


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Old 03-27-2007, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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"Natures Miracle" is another one of those enzyme products, and they work really well. Try a large pet store, they will have one of these. Spray it everywhere. Good luck.
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Karl,

Don't want to hijack your thread, but I've got a "musty smell" from the heater which might be bacteria from moisture in the AC condenser. If you learn how to get into that section of the vent system, I'd like to know.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks all. I think I have about three options: 1) use a spray; 2) take everything apart and wash the ducts; 3) [somewhere in between] run a damp spongy thing down the ducts, like one of those things used to wash pint glasses. The most thorough way would be 2, but I don't know how to disassemble the ductwork.
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I had a similar problem several years ago. One of my daughters' hamsters got loose in the car and crawled into the air duct. Of course, we didn't know this and when we turned the fan on..... Ended up taking it to the dealer to take everything apart and clean it out. Even then, the smell was still there.... summer was the worst.

As we get older, we get so much wiser. If a small furry rodent caused this problem, why not let a small furry rodent fix it and avoid having to take apart the ductwork? Get small hamster or gerbil, soak it down with febreez or one of those other sprays mentioned above, put said rodent in a harness with a leash and let it run through the air ducts. Then just pull it out.. spray it again and repeat process until clean!

Oh, and don't turn the fan on.

Disclaimer: The above resolution is for entertainment purposes only and this poster does not endorse nor support using hamsters as bottle brushes.
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Karl,

Don't want to hijack your thread, but I've got a "musty smell" from the heater which might be bacteria from moisture in the AC condenser. If you learn how to get into that section of the vent system, I'd like to know.
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About 5-10 minutes before you get to your destination, turn off the A/C but run the fan on high to dry the evaporator (?). This habit will dry it and prevent that smell.

Without having looked at the Elise shop manual, i.e. in general:

To fix, spray disinfectant into air intake areas while running the a/c.

If that doesn't work, some drill holes into the venting system for spray access. Plug with RTV or similar.

An aside: Run your a/c a minute or so per week even in cold weather, to circulate the lubricant in the system and keep the seals fresh.
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We had a skunk get trapped in the wall of our house. It sprayed everywhere and then died. Smells be gone and Ozium seemed to work the best but it still lingered for a couple of months. I would think spraying Lysol disenfectant into the Elise front air intake with the fan on high would kill bacteria and sanitize the system. I have sprayed Lysol into my home air return to get rid of musty smells.
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