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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are falling here in Charlottesville and that means soon we’ll be counting on the comfort of our furnaces. This is usually the time we get a number of furnace repair calls from our customers concerned about a unusual smell coming from their furnace. If it’s been awhile since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace may smell strange.

Last winter was most likely the last time you’ve had to operate your furnace. For most of the year, debris may have built up inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, leaving a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a serious situation and the odor will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll need to call in an expert to inspect things.

Another probable cause of interesting smells coming from your furnace is a congested air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the professionals at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be counting on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the ideal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Charlottesville winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.