Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Livermore know to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another cause to call a professional? Check out these heating equipment 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 warn homeowners and service techs that there is a problem. If you smell this stench coming from your heating equipment, shut off your gas appliances straightaway as you may have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating equipment service professional as soon as possible and tell them you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system operate together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since AC systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can get in your air duct system and cause mold, causing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over ASAP to analyze your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you recommendations on how to eliminate the source of the stench and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

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

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