Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Birmingham know to call Norrell Service Experts when their heating system starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another reason to call an expert? Learn about these heating equipment odors you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why many gas companies add this distinct odor to their gas to warn homeowners and technicians that there is trouble. If you smell this smell coming from your heating system, shut off your gas appliances straightaway as you could have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating system service professional as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can get in your air duct system and produce mold, producing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Norrell Service Experts. We’ll come over immediately to inspect your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to eliminate the source of the odor 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 going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should demand your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this smell coming from your heating equipment, it’s probable something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Shut off your furnace right away and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.

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