Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is turning brisk in Suffolk/Nassau County and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a great deal of furnace repair calls from homeowners stating that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been using your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of hazard and the smell will normally go away after a short amount of time. However, if the smell does not go away after a bit, please call in one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter could be 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 key part of your life this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your routine furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our pros will be sure your system is running securely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning smell. Give us a call at 631-737-5566 to schedule an appointment with us. 

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