Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

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The temperatures are falling here in Cedar Rapids and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we get a number of furnace repair calls from our clients concerned about a strange smell evading from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve turned on your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace may smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to operate your furnace. During the year, debris may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, producing a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a dangerous condition and the smell will not last long. Although, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll have to call in a technician to take a look at the issue.

Another realistic cause of weird smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the team at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be counting on your furnace more and more these coming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the ideal time to get your yearly furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal pieces cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Cedar Rapids winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 319-363-0283 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.

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