Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are falling here in Marshalltown and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we have a number of furnace repair calls from our clients worried about a weird smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve turned on your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was maybe the last time you’ve had to run your furnace. During the year, debris may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, producing a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This usually isn’t a dangerous situation and the smell will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll have to call in an expert to inspect things.

Another probable 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 professionals at B & G HVAC in Marshalltown 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 coming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the ideal time to get your annual furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal pieces cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Marshalltown winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 641-323-1210.