Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Houston know to call Church Services when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another reason to call an expert? Check out these furnace smells you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why many gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and service techs that there is a problem. If you smell this odor coming from your heating system, power off your gas appliances right away as you might have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can release outside, and call your heating equipment service expert as soon as possible and tell them you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment work together to keep you comfortable throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can form in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Church Services. We’ll come over right away to examine your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to eliminate the source of the smell and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are several things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should grab your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this smell coming from your heating system, it’s possible something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Shut off your heating equipment right away and call your furnace professional to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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