Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Calgary know to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning when their heating system starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that weird smells are another reason to call an expert? Read about these heating system odors you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The odor of rotten eggs is very recognizable, which is why multiple gas companies add this pronounced odor to their gas to notify homeowners and furnace experts that there is a problem. If you smell this stench coming from your heating system, turn off your gas appliances immediately as you might have a gas leak. Open the doors and windows so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating system service technician as soon as possible and let them know you think you might have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your HVAC system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Since AC systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can manifest in your air duct system and create mold, causing the musty or moldy odor. If you turn on your furnace or air conditioner and smell an odor like this, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll come over immediately to analyze your duct system and conduct an indoor air quality analysis. We can then provide you recommendations on how to remove the source of the odor and make sure your furnace and AC system is ready to keep you warm 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 smell coming from your heating system, it’s likely something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment immediately and call your furnace professional to provide a full diagnosis.