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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are decreasing here in Plainfield and that means soon we’ll be counting on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we have a number of furnace repair calls from our clients anxious about a strange smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace may smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to operate your furnace. For most of the year, dirt may have built up inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, producing a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This usually isn’t a harmful circumstance and the scent will not last long. Although, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll want to call in an expert to assess your system.

Another possible cause of strange smells coming from your furnace is a blocked 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 team at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be depending on your furnace more and more these upcoming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your yearly 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 Plainfield winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 815-410-1231.