Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Charlotte know to call Komfort Air when their heating system starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another reason to call an expert? Check out these heating equipment odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very pronounced, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and service techs that there is an issue. If you smell this smell coming from your heating system, turn off your gas appliances right away as you may have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating system service professional as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can form in your air duct system and create mold, creating the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Komfort Air. We’ll come over ASAP to examine your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you recommendations on how to remove the source of the odor and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are several things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should get your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your furnace, it’s probable something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Shut off your heating equipment immediately and call your furnace expert to provide a complete diagnosis.

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