Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Dayton know to call Stevenson Service Experts when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another reason to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

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

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment work together to keep you comfy throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and produce mold, producing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your furnace or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Stevenson Service Experts. We’ll come over ASAP 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 warm 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 grab 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. Turn off your furnace immediately and call your furnace expert to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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