Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most homeowners in Kingston know to call Kingston Home Services by Enercare when their heating system starts making strange noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another cause to call an expert? Learn about these heating equipment smells you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very pronounced, which is why many gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to alert homeowners and service techs that there is trouble. If you smell this stench coming from your heating equipment, shut off your gas appliances straightaway as you might have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can release outside, and call your heating equipment service technician as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling equipment function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and create mold, causing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare. We’ll come over immediately to analyze your duct system and do 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 HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty 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 demand your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your heating equipment, it’s likely something is overheating or may be a symptom of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment ASAP and call your furnace technician to provide a full diagnosis.