Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is turning brisk in Ballwin and St. Charles and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot 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 last winter. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of concern and the smell will usually be gone after a while. However, if the smell does not go away after a short time, please notify one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten clogged. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an important part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your routine furnace repair, now is the occasion. Our experts will ensure your system is operating securely and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning odor. Give us a call at 636-206-4250 to arrange an appointment with us.