Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

Heating
Repair

The temperatures are dropping here in Pella and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we have several furnace repair calls from our customers concerned about a unusual smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to operate your furnace. Throughout the year, dirt may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This usually isn’t a serious circumstance and the odor will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll want to call in a professional to assess your system.

Another probable cause of interesting smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the professionals at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating in Pella are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be relying on your furnace more and more these coming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal pieces cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Pella winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 641-628-3621.

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