Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Sharonville know to call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their furnace starts making strange noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another cause to call an expert? Read about these heating equipment odors you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this distinct odor to their gas to notify homeowners and service techs that there is an issue. If you smell this stench coming from your furnace, power off your gas appliances right away as you may have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your furnace service technician as soon as possible and tell them you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can form in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating equipment or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over immediately to inspect your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you tips on how to eliminate the source of the smell and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should grab your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this odor coming from your heating equipment, it’s probable something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut down your heating system immediately and call your furnace expert to provide a full diagnosis.

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