Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are falling here in Manassas and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we have a number of furnace repair calls from our clients concerned about a strange smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are several reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was maybe the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. For most of the year, debris may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Starting up 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 generally isn’t a dangerous situation and the smell will not last long. Although, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll need to call in an expert to assess things.

Another probable cause of weird 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 professionals at Woody's Sudden Service Inc in Manassas are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be relying on your furnace more and more these upcoming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the perfect time to get your yearly 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 Manassas winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 703-278-2036.