Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Columbus know to call Stevenson Service Experts when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment smells you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why many gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and technicians that there is trouble. If you smell this stench coming from your heating equipment, turn off your gas appliances right away as you might have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can release outside, and call your heating system service expert as soon as possible and tell them you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and cause mold, causing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Stevenson Service Experts. We’ll come over right away to examine your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you recommendations on how to eliminate the source of the odor and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should get your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this stench coming from your heating equipment, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Shut off your heating system immediately and call your furnace expert to provide a full diagnosis.

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