Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Gaithersburg know to call Parker Pearce Service Experts when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another cause to call a professional? Read about these furnace stenches you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

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

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system function together to keep you safe and cozy throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can form in your air duct system and produce mold, creating the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your heating system or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Parker Pearce Service Experts. We’ll come over right away to inspect your duct system and perform 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 going on 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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