Burning Furnace Smell

The first time you turn on your furnace at the start of the fall season, you may notice a burning smell. Regular maintenance of your furnace is an important part that ensures your furnace does not fail during the cold, winter season.

A reliable heating company will keep you informed as furnace parts wear to keep your furnace running smoothly.

Marin, CA Furnace-Repair-ServicesIf you wait until the winter season to call a technician, you may have to wait several days for service. The best time to contact a professional heating company for furnace maintenance is during the spring months.

Read about the three popular causes that may cause your furnace to smell as if it is burning.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the second most common reason for San Rafael homes fires is the heating equipment. That is why maintenance is so important for your heating system.

Burning or Musty

A burning smell can be the result of accumulating dust and debris from nonuse during the spring and summer months. Open your windows the first time you start your furnace to avoid the foul odor.

The heat exchangers and internal components should be free from smell after a couple of hours. A dirty air filter could also be the cause of a burning or musty smell. Always change your air filter every few months to ensure your heating system works properly.

Rotten Eggs

This smell may be an indication that you have a natural gas leak. It is extremely important that you contact the gas company as soon as possible. A natural gas leak can have catastrophic results.

The rotten egg smell is actually sulfur and that is bad news. It is also important that you have your entire heating system inspected at least once each year.

Electrical or Metallic

An electrical or metallic smell can be the result of a blower that has malfunctioned. When it stops working, this can cause the heating system to overheat and may result in a fire.

The blower’s normal function is to keep the heating system cool. The blower will no longer draw heat and distribute it throughout the San Rafael home. It is especially important that you contact a heating professional when you smell metallic or electrical smells.

Regular maintenance of both your heating and cooling system may prevent future problems and save you money in the end.

Is your furnace in smelling up your San Rafael, CA home? Call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air today at (831) 219-8644, and get that foul odor out of your home.