Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Gaithersburg know to call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another reason to call an expert? Check out these heating system stenches you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why multiple gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to notify homeowners and technicians that there is an issue. If you smell this stench coming from your heating equipment, turn off your gas appliances right away as you could have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your heating system service expert as soon as possible and be sure they know you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout all the seasons. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and produce mold, causing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over ASAP to inspect your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you recommendations on how to eliminate the source of the smell and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are several things that could be occurring if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should demand your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this smell coming from your heating equipment, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut off your heating equipment right away and call your furnace professional to provide a complete diagnosis.

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