Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is getting colder in Tuscaloosa and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This fall period we get a great deal of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been running your furnace since last year. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of danger and the smell will usually diminish after a little bit. However, if the smell does not decrease after a while, please inform one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent 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 key part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our experts will be sure your system is working safely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 to schedule an appointment with us. 

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