Furnace Smells You Shouldn’t Ignore

Furnace Smells You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are probably some smells around your home that you choose to brush off. Maybe it’s your son’s gym equipment or the questionable odor coming from your dog’s favorite toy. When it comes to your furnace, there are some smells you should not ignore since these can signal dangerous problems.

Smoke Smell
If you’ve been lighting up your fireplace this winter without a clean chimney, the smoke could end up coming out through your ductwork. Since breathing in smoke and dirty air can damage your lungs and cause other health issues, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional.

Burning Electrical or Plastic Smell
This smell could be a sign of a serious problem. If you experience an odor similar to that of a burning motor coming from your furnace, you may have a seizing blower motor. This can cause the motor to overheat and wires to melt, leading to an electrical hazard. If you smell this odor throughout your home, turn off your furnace, and call an HVAC professional to inspect the problem.

Rotten Egg Smell
This smell is a major indicator of a natural gas leak. Besides causing serious health problems, a gas leak could lead to a fire or explosion in your home. Open all of your doors and windows, and leave your home immediately. Call emergency services and your gas company to fix the problem.

For your safety, it is best to contact an HVAC professional if you notice any strange smells coming from your furnace. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, #CallWahl at (412) 265-2662 for all your gas and oil furnace needs. We’re in your neighborhood since 1980