Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Long Island know to call Matz-Rightway when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call a professional? Check out these furnace odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why many gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to warn homeowners and service techs that there is trouble. If you smell this odor coming from your heating equipment, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you could have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and tell them you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system operate together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can form in your air duct system and cause mold, producing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating equipment or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Matz-Rightway. We’ll come over immediately to examine your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you recommendations on how to remove the source of the smell and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

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

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