Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is turning brisk in McMurray and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners stating that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been operating your furnace since last year. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of danger and the smell will normally be gone after a while. However, if the odor does not diminish after a bit, please notify one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter could be blocked. 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 this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our pros will be sure your system is working smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 to arrange an appointment with us.