Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in Cambridge and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get many 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 using 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 journey through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of hazard and the smell will typically go away after a while. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please notify one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter may have become obstructed. 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 important part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your routine furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our professionals will be sure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 410-228-4822 to arrange an appointment with us.