Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is turning brisk in Mechanicsville and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been operating your furnace since last winter. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will journey through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of danger and the smell will usually diminish after a while. However, if the scent does not decrease after a while, please call in one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten blocked. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an key part of your life this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our professionals will ensure your system is operating securely and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning odor. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to set up an appointment with us. 

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