Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is turning brisk in Greater Richmond and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been operating your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of hazard and the smell will usually be gone after a short amount of time. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten obstructed. This can cause your blower motor to get overused 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 experts will be sure your system is working smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning scent. Give us a call at 804-302-6657 to set up an appointment with us. 

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