Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are falling here in Excelsior Springs and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we have various furnace repair calls from our patrons anxious about a unusual smell coming from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. Throughout the year, debris may have gathered inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a harmful condition and the odor will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll want to call in a professional to inspect things.

Another possible cause of weird 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be counting on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your annual furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Excelsior Springs winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 816-379-3918.