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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are falling here in West Columbia and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we have several furnace repair calls from our customers anxious about a weird smell coming from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are a few reasons your furnace might smell strange.

Last winter was most likely the last time you’ve had to operate your furnace. For most of the year, dust may have gathered inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, producing a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a harmful circumstance and the smell will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away after a brief time, you’ll have to call in a technician to take a look at your system.

Another possible cause of weird smells coming from your furnace is a blocked 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 team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be relying on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal parts cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this West Columbia winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.