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These Smells Indicate Furnace Malfunctions

The nose knows when something is up. This is often why you’ll be able to identify when food is burning before it sets off the smoke alarm. Did you know that your nose can also alert you to a problem with your heating system? It’s true!

There is more than one smell that can come from a furnace in need of furnace repair in Kelowna, BC. It can be a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the smells that your system can make if it has an issue to address.

4 Furnace-Made Smells That Should Concern You

If you start to notice any of the following smells when you run your furnace, it is best to schedule repairs as soon as you can, before things get worse.

  1. The ongoing smell of burning dust: When you turn on your furnace at the beginning of the year, you may smell burning dust for a moment or two. But what does it mean when that dust smell doesn’t go away after a short amount of time? It may mean you need furnace maintenance or repairs to address dirt that has collected on the furnace’s heat exchanger, heating elements, or in the furnace’s burners.
  2. An acrid odor: Does it smell like there is plastic burning in the house? That distinct acrid odor can be a sign of burning electrical parts or wires. This is a bad sign! You’ll want to shut the system down to avoid further damage and get it checked by our professional technicians as soon as possible.
  3. The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs: The reality is that if you have a natural gas furnace, age and time can lead to a risk of a gas leak. The problem is that natural gas is colorless and odorless. This is why most gas companies add a chemical to their supply that produces the distinct scent of rotten eggs or sulfur that most people know as a “gas” smell. If you notice this smell though you will want to shut the system down until the source is identified and you know it is safe.
  4. A musty odor: Last but not least, make sure to get your furnace checked out if it emits a musty odor during operation. This may indicate the presence of mold in the system or in your ductwork. This can present more than just the risk of a smelly home, it can present a health risk too.

When your furnace is running, it shouldn’t stink up the house. It also shouldn’t create a ruckus or make your energy bills unmanageable. Whether you are encountering bad smells or other warning signs of a repair need, you can trust your furnace repair needs to our team.

When you work with our team, you’ll always get upfront pricing on repairs and can trust us with 24/7 emergency services too.

Schedule your furnace services with the experts at Comfort Tech Heating & Cooling. We guarantee your comfort with every job we do.

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