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 strange smells are another reason to call an expert? Check out these furnace odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why many gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and technicians that there is a problem. If you smell this odor coming from your furnace, 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 let them know you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment operate together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can form in your air duct system and cause mold, creating the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Church Services. 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 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 odor, all of which should get your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this odor coming from your heating system, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment ASAP and call your furnace professional to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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