Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most people in Fort Worth know to call Stark Services when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another basis to call a professional? Read about these furnace stenches you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to alert homeowners and furnace experts that there is trouble. If you smell this stench coming from your heating system, power off your gas appliances straightaway as you could have a gas leak. Open your doors and windows so any gas can release outside, and call your heating system service expert as soon as possible and tell them you think you could have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system function together to keep you comfortable throughout all the seasons. Since AC systems can cause condensation to accumulate, moisture can get in your air duct system and produce mold, producing the musty or moldy smell. If you turn on your furnace or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Stark Services. We’ll come over ASAP to examine your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you tips on how to get rid of the source of the stench and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you comfortable and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are multiple things that could be occurring if you smell an electrical or burning stench, all of which should get your attention and should not be ignored. If you have this odor coming from your heating equipment, it’s possible something is overheating or may be a signal of wiring problems. Shut down your furnace immediately and call your furnace technician to provide a thorough diagnosis.