Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Elkhart know to call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating equipment starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call an expert? Learn about these furnace stenches you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why several gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and service techs that there is a problem. If you smell this stench coming from your furnace, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can form in your air duct system and create mold, creating the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or A/C equipment and smell an odor like this, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over immediately to analyze your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you recommendations on how to eliminate the source of the odor and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should demand your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this stench coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Turn off your heating system immediately and call your furnace expert to provide a complete diagnosis.

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