Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Dayton know to call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating equipment starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another reason to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment smells you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why several gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and furnace experts that there is an issue. If you smell this stench coming from your heating system, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you might have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating system service technician as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment work together to keep you comfy throughout the entire year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and cause mold, producing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over right away to examine your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you tips on how to eliminate the source of the odor and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you comfortable and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should get your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your heating system, it’s probable something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Turn off your heating system immediately and call your furnace technician to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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