Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are dropping here in Moline and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we get several furnace repair calls from our patrons worried about a strange smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to run your furnace. For most of the year, dust may have gathered inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This typically isn’t a harmful situation and the smell will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away in a short while, you’ll need to call in an expert to inspect the issue.

Another realistic cause of strange smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be counting on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the ideal time to get your yearly furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Moline winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 309-323-9584.