Having an odd issue and hoping someone may have an idea what may be the culprit. My daughter’s room just started smelling like vegetable oil. We’ve been in this house exactly 2 months and the odor just started a few days ago. No cooking with oil and her room is not above the kitchen. We do have natural gas heat, but no other room smells. She does have a sealed off fireplace. House is 131 years old. Any thoughts what may be causing this veggie oil smell?
Update: I can’t thank you all enough for all of your thoughts. There are some ideas that I didn’t even consider. I am having the furnaces inspected, will be removing the ceiling fan, cleaning out dryer vent, and if nothing changes we will order our chimney inspections sooner than planned and then have pest inspection in the attic (house looked free and clear at inspection and we’ve seen nothing, but bats could be somewhere). At least having any potential safety issues addressed and cleared will ease my mind significantly.
Is there a heater in her room or is it gas furnace something may be near duct that goes to her room or something spilled down vent
Might want to have someone get up on the roof and scope out the chimney. Sometimes decay can smell like that after it gets wet.
Could be critters and maybe Bat poop. Most notable when it is damp or has rained?
Do you have CO detectors in your house? If they are not going off, check batteries and electric to them but should be good on furnace but good plan to get it checked and serviced. If you don’t have them, good idea to get some (from someone who survived the scare of our lives, forgive the unsolicited advice). Have you checked the bottom of your daughter’s shoes? Does she have any mechanic or love to cook friends that come over? I’d be looking for spots on floor or even a friend’s left behind piece of clothing or say a Burger King bag shoved in a jacket pocket. I have a strong sense of smell and pick up odors nobody else does, usually found in the weirdest places, lol. Good luck!
You said you have only been in the house for 2 months? If you have purchased anything new you might want to get close and give is a whiff. There are many items coming in from China (especially bedding) that can give off an awful odor, especially if they have gotten any moisture on them. Worth a try.
I would check furnace that’s gotta be cleaned every year. Anyway. I would check the sewer line see if they poured oil down the drain. Run hot water for ten minutes. Drano. Use Lemon. Baking powder baking soda. Every day a different one. See if the smell goes away. Even Coffee grinds can break up the oil stuck in the pipes.
Check to see if water heater or furnace are vented into the chimney flue that runs behind her fireplace. Could be exhaust coming through. Have you had a lot of snow lately?
You know you will probably drive yourself crazy trying to figure out where the smell is coming from and then one day it will be gone and you will never know what it was. HA! Good Luck with your dilema.
If you have any pregnant friends, have them come in and help you pinpoint/describe the odor. The only thing better is a bloodhound, but they can’t talk!
Get a chimney inspector in to examine the chimney…maybe a bird got stuck in the chimney and is decaying…or bats..the excrement from bats smells…the droppings …from bats are likely in the chimney…we had that happen?..it’s a distinct smell….
You’re the only one who smells it? Did you have covid? Look up phantosmia. Smelling phantom odors is a side effect. The burnt/burnt toast smell seems to be a common one. Doesn’t sound too far from a veggie oil smell?
Did she start a new job or activity and is bringing in odor on clothes or back pack?
Natural gas leaves a residue, much like oil, that may have built up over time in your heating system. You said that it originally was pretty dirty so that may be one thing. Your blower motor may actually be leaking oil too. I’m assuming you have an older furnace.
If there is carpet in that room and it’s old maybe replace. Lots of smells can get trapped in carpet over time.
I’m thinking it’s the fireplace. Creosote smell. I don’t know what to do to get rid of it tho.