Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Tempe know to call Orangutan Home Services when their furnace starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that funny smells are another basis to call an expert? Learn about these heating equipment odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

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

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you safe and cozy throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and create mold, causing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your furnace or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Orangutan Home Services. We’ll come over ASAP to analyze your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you suggestions on how to eliminate the source of the stench and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning stench, all of which should get your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your furnace, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Turn off your heating system right away and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.

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