Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Charleston know to call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their furnace starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call an expert? Read about these furnace stenches you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why several gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and service techs that there is a problem. If you smell this smell coming from your heating system, turn off your gas appliances immediately as you might have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating system service technician as soon as possible and tell them you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

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

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning stench, all of which should get your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this odor coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Shut off your furnace right away and call your furnace technician to provide a complete diagnosis.

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