Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are dropping here in Lawrence and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we get various furnace repair calls from our customers concerned about a unusual smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been awhile since you’ve turned on your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s typically nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace could smell strange.

Last winter was maybe the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. For most of the year, dust may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Running your furnace for the first time will burn that off, leaving a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This typically isn’t a serious situation and the odor will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll need to call in an expert to inspect your system.

Another realistic cause of weird 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 Scott Temperature in Lawrence 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 perfect time to get your annual furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal parts cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Lawrence winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 785-269-0465.