Common Furnace Odors

What’s That Smell? Understanding Common Furnace Odors

December 17, 2018

When you turn the furnace on in your Pinebluff, North Carolina, home, and notice unusual smells, you may wonder, “Is that normal?” There are many common odors that furnaces produce that can easily be eradicated and are little cause for concern. However, there are odors that show there is something seriously or even dangerously wrong with your furnace that requires professional help. Let’s take a look at some of these furnace odors and determine which ones need our expert heating technicians to repair.

Burning Dust Smell

While the smell of burning dust shouldn’t require professional help to remedy, the smell does indicate that you need to do some cleaning. Furnaces can easily gather dust around their working components, especially if they sat unused for some time. Check around the furnace area and wipe any accumulated dust away from the furnace. Also, check your air filters and clean or change them when they get clogged or dirty.

Burning Electrical Smell

This is never a good odor coming from your furnace. This indicates that the furnace and the working components are overheating. If wiring is faulty and starting to burn, this could cause a short and start a fire. In addition, if the furnace runs too long while overheated, it will shut down and could lead to a major malfunction of the system. Investing in our maintenance and cleaning package will allow us to inspect and clean your furnace as well as fix any issues before they become major problems.

Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell

This indicates there is an issue with the gas used as the heating fuel. Natural gas is odorless, but gas suppliers add a smelly substance so that you are aware that there is a leak. Gas leaks are a serious situation that may result in a fire. If you smell a rotten egg odor, turn off your furnace immediately and call your gas company for further instructions.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call at Sandhills Heating & Refrigeration for any concerns you have about your furnace. Contact us today at 910-338-3723.

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