Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?


The weather is getting colder in Springfield and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get many of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been running your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you activate 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 usually be gone after a short amount of time. However, if the scent does not decrease after a while, please notify one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten blocked. 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 crucial part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our experts will ensure your system is working safely and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning smell. Give us a call at 217-210-2662 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

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