It can be worrisome when your heat turns on and it smells like something might be burning. Having a fire start in your home is devastating. There are some circumstances where you may smell a burning smell when your heat kicks on though. Some reasons are minor, and others can be dangerous and need to be fixed as soon as possible. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about why you may smell something burning when your heater is running.
What Happens if You Turn Off Your Furnace for Months?
If you haven’t had to run your furnace for several months, you are more than likely going to smell some burning dust the first time it fires up. Most people are very familiar with this smell as it is extremely common. The smell of burning dust isn’t something that you should be concerned about, but it should be momentary and only on the first time when your furnace hasn’t been used for a long period of time. Anything outside of that, should be looked at closely.
You Need to Replace Your Furnace Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system plays a large role in how well your furnace operates. It needs to have proper airflow to work efficiently. If you have a dirty filter, it leaves your furnace working much harder than it should. This could lead to overheating as well as excessive dust on the furnace that could lead to the burning smell when the heat turns on. Changing the filter should fix the problem.
Dust & Debris in Vents
If there are items that have fallen into the vents, it can cause problems with a burning smell. The first thing that you need to do is figure out what vent the smell is coming from. Once you have narrowed that down, you can inspect the vent and see if you can see anything that is either blocking the vent or found down inside of it. Removing the debris or items should make the smell go away. If it doesn’t, call a professional for help.
Electrical Wiring Furnace Problem
The electrical wiring that gives your furnace the energy needed to run, is sometimes the cause of the burning smell. If this is the case, it is an emergency, and you need to shut off the furnace right away. If you run into this problem, your home is at risk of an electrical fire, and you need the help of professionals to ensure the problem is resolved.
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If you have a furnace that smells like something is burning every time it turns on, you need to turn off the furnace and call on Hal Mechanical right away to help you assess your heating problem and solve it. It doesn’t matter what problems you’re having with your furnace; we can fix them for you. Call us today!