Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in Rockford and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners stating 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 gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of danger and the smell will normally diminish after a little bit. However, if the scent does not diminish after a short time, please notify one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter could be obstructed. 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 crucial part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our experts will make sure your system is running safely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning smell. Give us a call at (815)914-6197 to arrange an appointment with us.