Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is turning brisk in Sacramento and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a great deal 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 using your furnace since last winter. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of concern and the smell will usually diminish after a while. However, if the scent does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten obstructed. 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 important part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our pros will ensure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning odor. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to schedule an appointment with us.