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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are dropping here in Scottsboro and that means soon we’ll be counting on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we have a number of furnace repair calls from our clients worried about a unusual smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been awhile since you’ve turned on your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. Throughout the year, dust may have gathered inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will move through your home throughout your duct work. This usually isn’t a harmful circumstance and the odor will not last long. But, if the smell doesn’t go away in a short while, you’ll need to call in a technician to inspect your system.

Another possible cause of strange 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro 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 optimal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Scottsboro winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.