Jul 17 2018
Why Does My Heating System Smell Funny?
One of the early warning signs that a heating system needs professionals to repair it is when strange, often unpleasant smells start to come from the vents. The smell of rotten eggs, burning wires, and mold can all point to major problems. There are some odors that are only minor issues, but when you have any doubts, don’t try to fix the problem yourself! Just call our repair skilled and honest professionals to take care of the heating repairs necessary.
Some warning odors from your home’s heating system
- Musty, moldy smells: This probably means that the air filter of the furnace or heat pump has mold developing inside it. Change out of the filter or clean it, and keep doing this once a month. If the problem persists, you may have mold developing within the ventilation system or the furnace itself, and this will require professionals. You might also have trouble with air leaks in the ducts that are allowing moldy air inside. Technicians can seal the ducts to solve this problem.
- Rotten egg smell: The odor of rotten eggs comes from an additive put into natural gas to make it easier to detect in case of a leak. When you perceive this foul smell from your gas furnace, shut the system down, open up doors and windows for ventilation, and then call on professionals to resolve the trouble safely.
- Burning: An acrid smell like burning wires or plastic usually means that a motor or other component inside the system is overheating. This needs to be attended to quickly to replace the part (and find out why the overheating is occurring) or else other parts of the heater will be affected, possibly causing an expensive breakdown.
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