Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is getting colder in Marshalltown and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot 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 last winter. In that time dust may have gathered 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 typically be gone after a short amount of time. However, if the scent does not diminish after a short time, please notify one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter may have become 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 perfect time. Our pros will ensure your system is operating securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning smell. Give us a call at 641-753-3563 to arrange an appointment with us. 

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