Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Champaign know to call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their furnace starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another basis to call a service technician? Read about these heating equipment stenches you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and technicians that there is an issue. If you smell this smell coming from your furnace, turn off your gas appliances straightaway as you might have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can escape outside, and call your furnace service expert as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating equipment or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over immediately to examine your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you suggestions on how to get rid of the source of the stench and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you warm and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

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

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