Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Clearwater know to call Midway Services when their heating equipment starts making strange noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another cause to call a professional? Read about these furnace smells 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 warn homeowners and furnace experts that there is an issue. If you smell this smell coming from your furnace, power off your gas appliances right away as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating system service expert as soon as possible and tell them you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment operate together to keep you comfortable throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can get in your air duct system and create mold, producing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call Midway Services. We’ll come over right away to analyze your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to remove the source of the odor 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 get your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this stench coming from your heating equipment, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment immediately and call your furnace professional to provide a thorough diagnosis.

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