Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in Cedar Rapids and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been using your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of concern and the smell will typically go away after a little bit. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter could be blocked. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an key part of your life in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our experts will be sure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning smell. Give us a call at 319-208-3295 to schedule an appointment with us.