Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Albany know to call D.A. Bennett Service Experts when their heating equipment starts making strange noises or leaking water, but did you know that funny smells are another cause to call a service technician? Learn about these heating system stenches you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why several gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and service techs that there is trouble. If you smell this smell coming from your heating equipment, power off your gas appliances immediately as you could have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system operate together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and produce mold, causing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your furnace or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts. We’ll come over ASAP to examine your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you recommendations on how to remove 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 several things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should demand your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this stench coming from your heating system, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut off your heating system immediately and call your furnace technician to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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