Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in New Castle and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This fall period we get a great deal 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 operating your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of danger and the smell will usually go away after a little bit. However, if the scent does not go away after a short time, please call in one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter may have become 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 crucial part of your life in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the occasion. Our pros will make sure your system is running safely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 724-401-1843 to set up an appointment with us.