Why Your Furnace Smells Strange

November 29, 2016

Most residents in Hilton Head Island know to call Epperson Service Experts when their furnace starts making weird noises or leaking water, but did you know that strange smells are another cause to call an expert? Check out these heating system stenches you should never disregard.

Rotten Eggs

The stench of rotten eggs is very pronounced, which is why several gas companies add this distinct odor to their gas to warn homeowners and furnace experts that there is an issue. If you smell this odor coming from your heating equipment, shut off your gas appliances immediately as you could have a gas leak. Open your windows and doors so any gas can escape outside, and call your heating system service technician as soon as possible and tell them you think you may have a gas leak.

Mold or Musty

Your heating and cooling system work together to keep you comfortable throughout the entire year. Since A/C systems can cause condensation buildup, moisture can get in your air duct system and create mold, creating the musty or moldy stench. If you turn on your heating system or AC system and smell an odor like this, call Epperson Service Experts. We’ll come over immediately to inspect your duct system and do an indoor air quality analysis. We can then give you tips on how to get rid of the source of the stench and make sure your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you comfortable and healthy all winter long.

Electrical or Burning

There are many things that could be going on if you smell an electrical or burning odor, all of which should get your attention and should not be neglected. If you have this stench coming from your heating equipment, it’s likely something is overheating or may be an indication of wiring problems. Turn off your heating equipment right away and call your furnace professional to provide a complete diagnosis.

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