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.