You may be the type of person who turns on the furnace as soon as the home gets a slight chill, or you may be the type of person who waits for that first, complete cold snap. Whatever the case may be, if you smell a weird odor when you switch on your furnace for the first time, do not go into panic mode. More often than not, it is completely normal. Here are a few smells that may come from the furnace, what the odors are, and what—if anything at all—you need to do.
Normal Burn Off of Dust
If the furnace is not actively heating, dirt particles and dust will settle inside of the heating system and on internal components. Once the furnace is turned on, the dust will start to burn off, resulting in a slight burning smell that should dissipate pretty quickly. In the event that the odor lingers for over an hour or so, inspect the air filter and replace it, if necessary. Alternatively, get in touch with a local HVAC company to perform an inspection of the heating system.
Though the initial dusty or burnt odor tends to be pretty common, there are other odors that aren’t as common that you need to be familiar with.
The best thing that you can do, though, is to schedule routine furnace maintenance during the fall prior to the weather getting hold to reduce the overall chances of a premature issue with your furnace. Get in touch with Indoor Comfort Systems, Inc., as we can inspect and clean your system and offer recommendations for minor or major repairs to ensure that your furnace continues running optimally.