Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in San Jose and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This fall period we get many of furnace repair calls from homeowners declaring 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 collected inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of danger and the smell will typically be gone after a while. However, if the smell does not diminish after a bit, please call in one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your furnace is that your air filter could be clogged. 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 regular furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our experts will ensure your system is operating securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning odor. Give us a call at 408-215-1018 to schedule an appointment with us.