Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Grand Island know to call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another reason to call a professional? Check out these heating equipment smells you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and furnace experts that there is an issue. If you smell this odor coming from your heating equipment, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you could have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can release outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and tell them you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment work together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can get in your air duct system and cause mold, causing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over ASAP to analyze your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you recommendations on how to eliminate the source of the stench and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you comfortable and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be occurring if you smell an electrical or burning stench, 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. Shut off your heating system right away and call your furnace expert to provide a full diagnosis.

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