Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in La Porte know to call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another cause to call a service technician? Check out these furnace odors you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to alert homeowners and furnace experts that there is trouble. If you smell this stench coming from your heating equipment, power off your gas appliances right away as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating equipment service expert as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfy throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can get in your air duct system and create mold, causing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ll come over immediately to examine your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you suggestions on how to eliminate the source of the smell and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are several 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 disregarded. If you have this smell coming from your furnace, it’s probable something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Shut off your heating system right away and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.

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