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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are decreasing here in Carpentersville and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we get various furnace repair calls from our clients anxious about a unusual smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been awhile since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was maybe the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. For most of the year, dirt may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Turning on 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 generally isn’t a harmful condition and the scent will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away in a short while, you’ll need to call in a technician to take a look at the issue.

Another possible 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 team at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville 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 next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the perfect 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 Carpentersville winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 224-412-8308.