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What Is This Odor Coming from My Furnace?

There are still a few weeks of pretty warm weather ahead of us, so you don’t really need to be thinking about putting your heater into full-time rotation just yet. However, with nighttime temperatures dropping to pretty chilly levels, you may find yourself firing up your heater from time to time pretty soon, even if not for extended periods. If you turn on your furnace in Lake Stevens, WA, only to be met with a strange and unfamiliar odor, you will be rightly concerned. 

There are a few reasons as to why your furnace may emit a strange odor. If you want to ensure that there is nothing seriously amiss, read the following information, and schedule heating services with a member of our team. It may be a minor issue, but you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to the operation of your home heating system.

  • Musty odors may be the result of dust burning off of your burners or electric heating elements. Clean as you may keep your home, the furnace that you use to heat your living space definitely has enough off-time to accrue some level of dust within its components. If you smell a musty odor when you first fire up the furnace for the season, it could simply be this dust burning away. If the odor persists, though, it is likely a more complicated problem.
  • Oily odors could be the result of a clogged oil filter if you use an oil furnace in your home. Simply changing out a clogged filter should be enough to get rid of the odor. If you are unsure of how to switch out the filter, refer to the literature that came with the furnace or contact a professional for further guidance.
  • Burning odors could be the result of electrical wiring burning, and this is a potentially serious and dangerous situation. It could also be the result of a foreign object that has found its way into your ductwork, though. Whatever the case may be, we will diagnose the problem accurately and will resolve it properly and completely.

Schedule your furnace services with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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