6 Furnace Smells You Should Not Ignore In Your Home

6 Furnace Smells You Should Not Ignore

Pet smells can come from the vents, indicating that they need to be cleaned.

A furnace should operate without making any strange noises or emanating unusual odors. If you notice unexplainable furnace smells, it may indicate sign of an impending furnace failure.

Strange furnace smells are the most obvious sign that your furnace is not operating properly. They can indicate a variety of problems that can be resolved only by an experienced furnace technician.

You should never ignore strange furnace smells. Here are six common furnace smells that, if detected, should be reported immediately to a qualified Allbritten furnace repair technician.

1. Burning smells

A burning smell emanates from the furnace once you start the furnace at the beginning of the winter season. However, if the burning smell persists, it indicates serious problem with the furnace. In such a situation, you should immediately turn off the system, turn on the back up heater, and call Allbritten.

2. Metallic smell

If you notice a metallic smell coming from the furnace, the component inside the furnace may be getting cooked due to overheating. In some cases, the smell will be similar to burning of hot plastic, oil, or rubber. If you smell odors that suggest that the furnace is burning or heating, you should immediately shut off the furnace and call Allbritten for an inspection.

3. Smell of rotten eggs

The odor of a rotten egg or sulfur is another cause for serious concern. Fuel providers and utility companies put odor-inhibiting substances in natural gas that is normally odorless. So, if you notice a smell of rotten egg, it could indicate a gas leak. Not taking immediate action can lead to explosion inside the house causing great devastation.

4. Pet smells

Sometimes, the smells of pet waste or hair will appear to emanate from the furnace registers. If you get a strong whiff whenever you turn on the furnace, it’s important that you inspect the floor level ventilator registers. Cleaning up the mess near the vent can solve the problem.

5. Sewage water smell

In case you notice the smell of sewage water emanating from the vents, it may be that an open sewer line or a broken waste water line may be located near the system. A quick inspection of the external vents can help identify the source of the smell. You may have to call a plumber to resolve the issue.

6. Moldy Smell

A smell of mold coming from the furnace indicates mold infestation inside the ductwork. You should not take mold infestation problem lightly. A mold infestation can degrade the quality of indoor air. It can cause people to suffer from flu-like symptoms with sneezing and coughing.

Through our duct cleaning service, the qualified furnace technicians at Allbritten will not only remove mold and mildew from the ducts but also take measures to ensure that it does not recur as well.

Call Allbritten to inspect your strange furnace smells

Do you have any type of furnace repair issues in Fresno, California? If so, you can contact Allbritten to get in touch with professional HVAC technicians.

Why indoor air quality is so important

Here in Fresno, we’re all aware of some of the issues the Central Valley has with air pollution outside. As beautiful as this city can be, there can be a lot of dust and smog on some days. However, a mistake that many people make is thinking they’re safe from pollution while they’re inside of their homes. You can be, but usually not without some proactive steps to boost your indoor air quality, with the help of specialists, such as those at Allbritten.

Indoor Air Quality Testing

Sure, the room looks clean. But, how is the air in here?

How can my indoor air quality be so bad?

First, it’s not necessarily that the quality of the air in your home is as bad as the outdoor air. It’s more the magnitude of time you spend breathing each. Think about: even if you spend your working day outdoors—which probably isn’t the case—you spend most of your day inside your home: eating, relaxing, and sleeping the night through. If you work in an office building or attend school, that’s a large majority of the day spent inside. You’re breathing in that air for a longer amount of time.

Next, indoor air quality encompasses a lot of different things, ranging from the visible—pet hair and dust, which you can see accumulating in your home over time—to the out-of-sight—mold, for instance—to the invisible, which includes allergens, bacteria, radon, and secondhand smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency has a convenient breakdown of each of these elements. Some of these things may be in your home, some may not. The best, and really the only, way to be sure is to have your home’s air tested.

What can I do about this?

The first step, fittingly, is to call our team and ask us about an indoor air quality test. Some things, you may already know about. We mentioned dust earlier, but, if you’re sensitive to them, you’ll probably know if allergens are also in your home. However, others are harder to detect.

We have a number of different solutions for dealing with indoor air quality issues. Here are three of the most popular remedies:

  • Air Duct Cleaning: Allbritten and most experts recommend that you have your air ducts cleaned regularly, and certainly not less than once every year. Your air ducts are in constant use as an essential part of your home’s comfort system, but dust, pet hair, and other contaminants can pile up in the ducts, leading to a significant reduction in your indoor air quality. In contrast, clean air ducts with new or washed filters mean that you’re getting great air coming in to your home’s living spaces.
  • Air Purification: There’s a variety of systems for filtering the air coming into your home. The most common are filters themselves, which have a low price point but can be an efficient way to reduce the dust, pollutants, and pathogens coming into your home. More sophisticated, electronic filters can zap even more materials. Having trouble deciding what to do? Our technician will talk to you about what’s best for your home and indoor air quality.
  • Home Humidification: California isn’t exactly known for its humid weather, and many people enjoy the dry air outside. However, having a home that is too dry can have just as many consequences as one that is too humid. A dry home can cause an uptick in static electricity generation, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in drywall, especially in the winter. Plus, there’s health impacts: many people get cracked lips and bloody noses if conditions are too dry. A humidifier may help you live more comfortably in your home.
Indoor Air Quality and Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning can be one of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality.

What makes Allbritten the best choice?

We’re a trusted home cooling and heating company that has worked in Fresno and the Central Valley for more than 70 years. That means that we’ve been configuring indoor air quality solutions for longer than many other companies have been in business! We have indoor air quality specialists on staff, and our technicians have experience solving problems for our customers. Plus, we offer upfront pricing on everything, as well as a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re looking to improve your home’s indoor air quality, look no further than the company you’ve trusted with cooling and heating products for years: Allbritten. To get started with a test of your home’s air, give us a call!