Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Albany know to call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating system starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another basis to call a professional? Check out these heating system smells you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why many gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and furnace experts that there is trouble. If you smell this smell coming from your heating system, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfy throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and cause mold, causing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating system or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over ASAP to examine your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you recommendations on how to remove the source of the odor and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should grab your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this odor coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment right away and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.

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