Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Buffalo know to call Sunbeam Service Experts when their heating equipment starts making strange noises or leaking water, but did you know that funny smells are another reason to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment stenches you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why multiple gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and technicians that there is trouble. If you smell this stench coming from your furnace, shut off your gas appliances immediately as you could have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating system service expert as soon as possible and tell them you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can get in your air duct system and produce mold, causing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your furnace or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Sunbeam Service Experts. We’ll come over immediately to examine your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you recommendations on how to remove the source of the stench and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should demand your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this stench coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut off your furnace ASAP and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.

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