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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in Anchorage and we must turn our furnaces on soon. This fall period we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing 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 activate your furnace, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of concern and the smell will usually go away after a short amount of time. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please notify one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter may have become obstructed. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an crucial part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our professionals will ensure your system is running safely and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning smell. Give us a call at 907-202-9798 to schedule an appointment with us.