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Above some of the baseboard electric heating vents (the whole house is wired with electric (not gas, oil, or coal) heat there are black marks on the walls. what is causing this??? I do not burn candles, has to be coming from the vents. Should i have an expert come and check the heating system?

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While it could be nothing, it is a good idea to have a heating professional check them once in a while. Sounds a little odd, though, as most electric baseboard heaters have no vents. You will be comforted by the reassurance of having them looked at. Farmerbear at FixYa.com

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