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Furnace Trouble: Top Odors To Be Aware Of

Written on: November 7, 2016

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When using your heating system, there may be a point where you notice an unusual smell coming from your furnace. When you notice odd smells coming from your heating unit, it almost always means that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Some smells can be more serious and will require immediate attention. This article discusses the top furnace odors that should never be ignored.

Dusty Odor

However, if you notice a dusty odor when starting your heating system after a period of non-use, such as when starting it after the summer season, this is typically not a problem. This dusty smell should disappear after a few minutes. Of course, if the smell does not dissipate quickly, it’s time to have your furnace checked to see if there might be a problem.

Rotten Eggs

homeowner who needs a heating system tune-up Tunkhannock paNatural gas has no odor, so in the interest of public safety, utility companies actually add an odor. This odor might smell like sulfur or rotten eggs, a smell many people have come to associate with propane or natural gas. If you notice a strong odor, it might be a sign that there is a natural gas leak. If you suspect a gas leak, open all windows in your home and leave immediately; once safely outside, call the utility company. Propane and natural gas can cause a fire or explosion. Keep a safe distance until the problem has been corrected.

Metallic Or Electrical Odor

This is a smell that is easily recognizable. It is caused by electrical components that have malfunctioned and are overheating. In many cases, this might indicate a problem with a blower motor that is faulty. The blower motor might fail if the bearings seize up, which then results in the motor overheating. The wires can start melting, resulting in that electrical smell that signals a problem. Other problems that can result in an electrical odor are loose connections and relays, which can also lead to wires overheating.
When your air filter is dirty, then it can cause furnace problems. Have you changed the filter recently? A dirty air filter will restrict airflow, which can cause parts in your furnace to overheat. If you have a dirty air filter, replace it immediately.
If you notice odd odors coming from your heating system, immediately turn it off and contact your HVAC contractor. Monitor your furnace until the heating technician arrives in order to ensure a fire doesn’t start.

Burning Odor

This is often a smell that is very similar to the electrical odor, but worse. Overheating wires and other parts will cause an odor like this. that are overheating. This smell can often be accompanied by smoke, but not always. A common cause for this type of problem is debris that has found its way into the ductwork and then eventually onto the heat exchanger. If you notice a burning odor, shut your furnace down immediately and call your HVAC contractor for emergency service.

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Oil Odor

Typically, an oil odor is caused by leaks or an oil burner that is not working properly. Oil leaks can sometimes be easy to fix, involving nothing more than tightening a loose fitting. If the problem isn’t a leak, it’s generally a burner problem. There are many things that can cause burner problems. Certainly, your oil furnace will have to be examined and corrected by a professional heating technician.

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furnace tune-upWhen your furnace emits an unusual odor, then it is time to call a professional HVAC company. They will need to come and inspect it to see what the issue might be. Even though it might be something simple, you should not ignore an odor that comes out of your furnace. As mentioned earlier, when you initially turn on your furnace, you will notice a a burning odor that is usually the dust that has settled over the summer. However, if it does not go away, you will need to have it checked out. Additionally, when your furnace emits unusual odors, it can be attributed to something that is seriously dangerous. Even small issues can escalate and will end up costing more money to repair it if you put it off.
When it comes to your HVAC system, it is important that you are selective about who you choose to maintain it. You want a professional company that has an adequate amount of experience and a track record to prove it. Be sure to contact Ace-Robbins. We specialize in HVAC systems of all makes and models. We offer furnace repair services , annual heater tune-ups, as well as boiler repair services.  We also deliver propane and offer heating oil delivery. Be sure to contact us for all of your home heating needs. We have been in business since 1961 and since then, we have been providing quality services at affordable prices.
We service Factoryville PA 18419, Falls PA 18615, Lake Winola PA 18625, Mehoopany PA 18629, Noxen PA 18636, Tunkhannock PA 18657, and all surrounding areas.

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