Hi all, and thank you for your thoughts. The contractor (who installed
the system and who has been in heating/air 22 yrs) was back out
yesterday morning to complete the job.
His opinion was that it was a new-burn smell, given that the heat
exchanger and other parts are coated in an oil during the manufacturing
process. He expected this would go away within 6-8 hours of continuous
running. He also thought that the sore throat/scratchiness could be do
to small particles of fiberglass in the ducts as I had quite a bit of
new ductwork installed.
The original owner did an odd thing, which was to run the flue beside
the chimney through the basement, and finally have it enter the chimney
in the bedroom. I have gotten numerous suggestions on what should be
done from the home inspector to other heating/air contractors.
However, when part of the flue was replaced in the basement during
installation Monday, it jostled some of the cement furnace sealer so
that it cracked and was no longer secured either at the floor or where
the flue enters the chimney. This didn't get fixed until the
contractor came back yesterday, potentially allowing exhaust gases into
the house during the inital run.
He did reaply cement, but I wonder if this is a permanent fix.
Came home yesterday and all the animals are still alive. The smell
lingers, as it was very strong, but it is not blowing through the vents
anymore. Suggestions to leave windows open was a good idea. At this
point, there is an odor that, as others have described, smells like a
deisel truck on start up. The contractor is coming back tomorrow a.m.
for follow-up, and said that he will check out any persisting smells.