Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Niagara Falls know to call Niagara Home Services by Enercare when their heating equipment starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that funny smells are another basis to call an expert? Read about these furnace odors you should never neglect.

Rotten Eggs

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

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system function together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since AC systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and produce mold, producing the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating equipment or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Niagara Home Services by Enercare. We’ll come over immediately to analyze your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to eliminate the source of the odor and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you warm and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should get your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this odor coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Shut off your heating equipment ASAP and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.