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Why Does My Furnace Have a Burning Smell?

Why Does My Furnace Have a Burning Smell?

Do you need to worry about heating and air conditioning equipment catching fire?

As temperatures in Charleston dip below 40 degrees, reliable heating and air conditioning service becomes even more important. Compromised populations - infants, the elderly and the infirm - often need indoor heat to stay healthy, but it's also important that you're not ignoring other potential health concerns. Strange smells can be normal the first time you turn your system on for the season, but if your furnace smells like it's burning, turn it off, and clear the air. The reason behind this problem can be frightening.

When It Smells Like Gas

Normally, these types of smells don't have to do with your heating and air conditioning equipment, unless it's recently been installed. If you smell gas, it's more likely that you have a leak in your natural gas line. These leaks can be life threatening, so clear all people and pets from the house, open the doors, and call your utility company immediately.

When It Smells Like Dust

Many homeowners schedule professional maintenance at the start of the year for the sake of cleaning out drain pans, changing out filters, and checking ductwork for dirt and grime. If your system has problems, a professional may recommend duct cleaning or the introduction of air control quality products. If you change the filter, and it still smells a few minutes into operations, shut off your furnace, and schedule an air quality control check.

When It Smells Like Fire

Sometimes, the burning smell your furnace gives off will resemble a fire. You're right to feel alarmed. Objects too close to your unit or those that fall down vents really can start to burn, and those fires can spread as quickly as any other. Immediately turn off your furnace and call an HVAC professional to inspect your equipment.

Prevent problems throughout the season by scheduling a qualified heating and air conditioning inspection. Contact the professional team at Fogel Services for regular maintenance calls or to check out your furnace problems or call (843) 800-4133.

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