Scary Smells Coming from Your Heating System

There are certain smells you, as a homeowner, are perfectly content never experiencing: your bathroom once anyone has used it after chili night, a burning pie (what a waste), and the smell microwaved fish spreads throughout your house.

While those are all awful smells that you may be able to ignore for a bit, there are a few others that you shouldn’t. If you notice any questionable odors coming from your heating system, you should take action to fix them.

Scary Smells Coming from Your Heating System

Electrical Burning

If your furnace is giving off smells that resemble burning metal or wires, it’s probably overheating when it cycles on. This is more common with older furnace units since newer ones are made with safety features that automatically shut the unit down if it overheats.

If those electrical smells occur when your furnace randomly powers off, you should call your local HVAC tech right away so they can diagnose the problem. Remember, you should always let a professional handle any electrical issues you’re having.

Rotten Eggs

A rotten egg smells is a surefire sign of a natural gas leak. While that gas is naturally odorless, your utility company will add scent agents into the gas so you can easily recognize it if there’s a gas leak.

Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and can cause fires, explosions, and health problems, so if you’re noticing this smell, turn your furnace off, open all your windows to ventilate your home, and call your utility company immediately so they can stop the leak.

Chemical Smell

If your furnace has a broken heat exchanger, it can allow carbon monoxide or other chemicals, which can sometimes smell similar to formaldehyde, to escape from your furnace and seep into your home’s air. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous to breathe in, so if you notice this smell, call your trust HVAC company to have them inspect your unit.

If you suspect your heating system is giving off odd smells, call the experts at Ace Solves It All for help. Our trained technicians can inspect your unit and determine and make any necessary repairs. For more information or to schedule a service, give us a call at 407-850-4900.

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