Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Louisville know to call Becht/Givens Service Experts when their furnace starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call a service technician? Check out these furnace odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very pronounced, which is why several gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and technicians that there is an issue. If you smell this smell coming from your heating equipment, turn off your gas appliances right away as you could have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can release outside, and call your furnace service professional as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment operate together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can form in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Becht/Givens Service Experts. We’ll come over right away to examine your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to eliminate the source of the stench and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning stench, all of which should grab your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this smell coming from your heating system, it’s probable something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Shut down your heating equipment immediately and call your furnace professional to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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