Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Oakville know to call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare when their heating system starts making funny noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another basis to call a professional? Read about these heating equipment stenches you should never ignore.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very distinct, which is why multiple gas companies add this recognizable odor to their gas to notify homeowners and furnace experts that there is a problem. If you smell this odor coming from your heating system, shut off your gas appliances immediately as you could have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can vent outside, and call your furnace service technician as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system function together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since air conditioning systems can cause condensation to collect, moisture can get in your air duct system and cause mold, producing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your heating equipment or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare. We’ll come over immediately to inspect your duct system and perform an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you suggestions on how to remove the source of the odor and make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you toasty and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be taking place if you smell an electrical or burning smell, all of which should grab your attention and should not be disregarded. If you have this smell coming from your heating system, it’s possible something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Shut off your heating system ASAP and call your furnace professional to provide a complete diagnosis.