Furnace Odors in Cordova and Bartlett
From the sweet smell of home-made pumpkin pie baking in the oven, to the smoky aroma of a wood- burning fireplace, autumn provides us with a symphony of fragrances that delight the senses.
So as you prepare to curl up on the couch with your slice of pie this season, be mindful of any odors that might fill the air once your heating system is turned on. While some are common and post no serious risk, others could leave you out in the cold.
Burning Dirt and Dust
It’s common to notice a slight smell of burning dust as you fire up the furnace for the first time during the heating season. This is simply caused by the heating up and burning off of dust that has settled on the furnace as it sat idle, and is typically not a cause for concern. Having your furnace inspected and your filters cleaned or replaced will often prevent the odor and ensure that your heating system is ready for another long winter.
A stale, musty smell coming from your home’s heating vents is a good indication that moisture has entered your heating system and mold or mildew has started to grow. Not only is mold a health concern, but cracks or gaps in your ductwork can cause heat loss and result in a higher energy bill.
Over time, furnace components can wear out. If electrical wires are frayed or motors become damaged, you may notice an electrical burning smell as air is moved through the system. Your Crowe heating professional can pinpoint the problem and repair or replace any worn out parts before any further damage occurs.
If you detect the scent of smoke, check to make sure that your home’s registers are opened so warm air can move through each room freely. If you do need to keep some registers closed for any reason, be sure to not close off by more than 20%. A smoky smell can also be a sign of a motor that is over-heating. The motor may need to be lubricated or replaced.
So if something smells “fishy” and you think it might be coming from your heating system, contact Crowe Heating & Air right away. We’ll check it out, let you know what needs to be done, and hopefully it won’t be any big deal. If it is, well, we’ll take care of that too.