Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Austin know to call Strand Brothers Service Experts when their heating equipment starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another reason to call a service technician? Read about these furnace smells you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to warn homeowners and service techs that there is a problem. If you smell this smell coming from your heating equipment, shut off your gas appliances immediately as you could have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can escape outside, and call your furnace service technician as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system operate together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can form in your air duct system and produce mold, producing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating system or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Strand Brothers Service Experts. We’ll come over ASAP to examine your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you tips on how to remove the source of the smell and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you comfortable and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be occurring 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 heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Shut off your furnace right away and call your furnace professional to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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