Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are falling here in Sandpoint and that means soon we’ll be counting on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we have several furnace repair calls from our customers anxious about a weird smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s probably 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, dirt may have built up inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, leaving a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This typically isn’t a dangerous condition and the smell will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll have to call in a professional to assess things.

Another probable cause of weird smells coming from your furnace is a blocked 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 experts at Age Heating & Cooling in Sandpoint are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be relying on your furnace more and more these upcoming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the perfect time to get your annual furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal parts cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Sandpoint winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 208-578-4258.