Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in Ellsworth and we will need to 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 it was last cold. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of danger and the smell will typically diminish after a short amount of time. However, if the odor does not go away after a short time, please notify one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter could be clogged. This can cause your blower motor to become overworked and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an important part of your life in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the occasion. Our professionals will ensure your system is operating securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning smell. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 to schedule an appointment with us.