Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are falling here in Elk River and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we get various furnace repair calls from our customers concerned about a unusual smell coming from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace could smell strange.

Last winter was most likely the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. During the year, dirt may have built up inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, leaving a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a serious condition and the odor will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll have to call in a technician to take a look at your system.

Another realistic cause of interesting smells coming from your furnace is a clogged 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 Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be depending on your furnace more and more these upcoming 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 components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Elk River winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 763-276-0617.