Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in Lincoln and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners declaring that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been operating your furnace since last winter. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of hazard and the smell will usually go away after a short amount of time. However, if the odor does not diminish after a bit, please call in one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter could be obstructed. This can cause your blower motor to become overworked and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an important part of your life in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our professionals will ensure your system is running securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning odor. Give us a call at 402-318-5351 to set up an appointment with us.