Conditions That May Cause Your Furnace To Smell Like It's Burning


Your furnace is an essential part of your home and should provide you excellent comfort at all times. However, it also has ways of letting you something just is not right. You should take care of it as if it is a part of your family. In a way it is, because without it, how pleasurable would your time spent at home be if the weather is really cold?

Prepare it to Run Again

If the unit has been off all summer, you should check and be sure all of the vents are open. If the air is trapped, it can't flow and may fill the air with a burning odor that can be very offensive.

A burning smell could be coming from a dirty furnace filter. These filters are essential for good air quality in your home. If one becomes dirty, the air cannot pass through the fibers. If this happens, a fire could be the result with the buildup of pollen, dust, and if you have a pet, pet dander. Your filter should be replaced every 30 to 60 days (depending on the type) to prevent these buildups from happening and possibly damaging your heating unit. It could also cause a fire, especially if you are not at home.

Dust in the combustion chamber may emit a burning smell if the furnace has not been operational for an extended amount of time. Dirt and dust may be caught in the combustion chamber, so when the unit is turned on the debris will flare up while producing a smoke odor. The blower unit will send the air through the duct work and deliver the nasty odor into your entire home. The smell should be eliminated quickly, but you could open a door or window to speed up the process.

Check the Blower and Electrical Components

A furnace blower is responsible for distribution of heat throughout your home. Another primary function is maintaining the furnace's internal temperature, as with any fan unit. You should be sure it is operational.

Your furnace may have problems with its wiring or other similar electrical problems. This can be a huge risk and should not be ignored. An annual inspection is the best way to prevent a fire. A tune-up will include cleaning your burners and other components where dust and other substances may have gathered.

You should never ignore any smell the furnace produces. If it is a bad odor, it may be an indication something is seriously wrong with your unit. It is always a good idea to do yearly maintenance. It is better to be safe than sorry!

To learn more, contact a service like Winters Heating Cooling & Indoor Air Quality.


30 November 2015

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