It’s about that time again; time to make the switch from your AC to the furnace. As fall weather starts to show up, you need to make sure your furnace is up for the task of keeping you warm this winter. When you are first turning on your furnace for the season, you may notice that there are some strange odors that are there as well. Some odors are completely normal and others are going to be concerning. Knowing the difference is important. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about different odors that are commonly present when your furnace is running.
Furnace Smells like Burning Dust
The first time you turn your furnace on for the season, it is normal to smell something that resembles burning dust. Throughout the off season, there is undoubtedly going to be dust that settles on and around your furnace. When you first turn it on, it takes a minute for that dust to burn off. This smell can be a result of built up dust in your ductwork as well. This is one of those odors that is usually completely harmless. It should burn off within the first few minutes of the heat running. If it doesn’t, then you may want to call in HVAC professionals to come take a look.
Burning Plastic Furnace Odor
When you have a new furnace installed in your home, there may be some plastic found somewhere that starts to heat up when you turn it on for the first time. This is somewhat normal and should quickly go away. However, you shouldn’t ever smell burning plastic on an older unit. When you do, it could be something to worry about. If there are parts that are heating up to the point that they are smelling or if there is an electrical problem that is causing that odor, it can be dangerous. Anytime you have an older unit and smell something burning, turn it off immediately and call the pros.
Rotten Eggs Smell from Heater
Another smell that you never want to have when your furnace turns on is rotten egg smell. Natural gas is an odorless and colorless gas that has an additive put in it so that you can tell when there is a leak. This sulfur smell is the additive that is put in the gas. If you smell it, you know that you have a gas leak somewhere that needs to be fixed. This is an emergency situation that will require emergency personnel and your HVAC company to help you get the leak fixed and ensure your home is safe.
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If you smell something that isn’t quite right when you turn on your furnace this year, you can turn to the professionals at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to ensure that there isn’t something wrong with your furnace that could put you and your family in danger. Call us today!