When you are trying to keep your home comfortable one thing that you will use is the HVAC unit. This is what will either cool the home when it is hot outside or warm it up if it is cold. The unit is a huge part of the homes comfort and when there are problems with it you can end up with a home that is too warm or too cold. There are many things that can go wrong with the heating unit and it is a good idea to know what the cause is. One of the things you want to keep an eye out for are smells that your heater is emitting. The smells are always a sign that there could be a problem that needs your attention or repair by an HVAC technician. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning what odd furnace smells mean.
Dirty Sock Syndrome
When you come home from a long day you are not expecting to smell something like dirty socks. If you do smell this, it can make you feel ill in your own home. The smell that you might be smelling comes from water that may not be moving properly in the heating unit. Many heating units use water as a way to move the heat around the unit and the house. It needs to be able to circulate properly and when it starts to smell bad it means the water is stagnant. The stagnant water after some time will smell just like a dirty and sweaty pair of socks. You want to make sure you call out a professional to inspect and repair the heating unit.
Furnace Smells Like Burning or Smoke
When you come home and your heater is running you never want to smell anything that is similar to burning. When you smell burning it may seem that you could be in real trouble but it can be a simpler problem. When the burning is more like gun powder smell it means often times that there is a fan that has burnt out. The heater should be turned off and a technician should come out and repair the fan and replace it. The smell should subside and you will be back with a warmed up home.
Heater Smells Like Rotten Eggs
Another smell that you want to be quite careful of is when you start to smell rotten eggs. The heating unit is often using natural gas as a way to heat the home. The gas should be sent through the unit and ignited to create the heat that is needed. The gas is connected and when it has a gap or there is a break in the line it can release the gas in your home. The gas actually has no smell at all that is why the company that sends gas to your home will use an additive to the gas to give it a rancid smell to alert you. The gas leak is dangerous and you want to make sure that you shut off the unit and open all doors and windows to air out the house. Of course the unit needs to be repaired right away.