Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is turning brisk in Gresham and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners stating that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been using your furnace since it was last cold. In that time dust may have collected inside your system. The first time you turn on your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of danger and the smell will usually go away after a short amount of time. However, if the scent does not go away after a bit, please call in one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter might have gotten clogged. This can cause your blower motor to become overworked and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an important part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our pros will make sure your system is working securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning odor. Give us a call at 503-663-8033 to arrange an appointment with us. 

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