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Dead mouse in heating system

Need help on how to open up heating system because of a bad odor when you turn on the heat we think it is due to a dead mouse

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  • jeffm1969 Apr 28, 2009

    I don't have a mouse in the duct work but I do need to know how to get in there to get to the vent door that moves the airflow from hot to cold. How do you remove the blower motor?

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I would pull the blower motor out and that should allow you access to the duct work, from past expeariance the mouse hangs out around the heater core area, it warm.

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