Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are decreasing here in Rapid City and that means soon we’ll be depending on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we get a number of furnace repair calls from our customers anxious about a strange smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are a number of reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was maybe the last time you’ve had to run your furnace. During the year, debris may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This typically isn’t a serious condition and the smell will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll have to call in an expert to assess the issue.

Another probable cause of interesting smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the team at Precision Mechanical in Rapid City are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be depending on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the perfect time to get your annual furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal pieces cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Rapid City winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 605-206-2564.