Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Kitchener know to call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare when their heating equipment starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another reason to call an expert? Learn about these furnace odors you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this distinct odor to their gas to notify homeowners and service techs that there is an issue. If you smell this odor coming from your heating system, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you could 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 could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can get in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare. We’ll come over immediately to analyze your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then share with you recommendations on how to remove the source of the odor and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you warm and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should demand your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this smell coming from your heating equipment, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment ASAP and call your furnace professional to provide a full diagnosis.