Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in Rocky Mount and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners stating that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been running your furnace since last year. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of concern and the smell will usually be gone after a short amount of time. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter could be obstructed. This can cause your blower motor to become overworked and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an crucial part of your life this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our pros will make sure your system is operating smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning odor. Give us a call at 540-369-3790 to set up an appointment with us.