Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in North America know to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that funny smells are another basis to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why several gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to alert homeowners and service techs that there is an issue. If you smell this odor coming from your heating system, turn off your gas appliances immediately as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can release outside, and call your heating equipment service professional as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since AC systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and cause mold, creating the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over right away to inspect your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you suggestions on how to get rid of the source of the stench and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should demand your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your furnace, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut off your heating equipment right away and call your furnace professional to provide a complete diagnosis.

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