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Furnace FAQ: What’s That Odor?

With the cooler weather settling in for the fall season, it is time to start thinking about the performance of your home heating system. You are not going to be running your heater with great regularity just yet, of course, but it won’t be long before chilly nights have you dialing the thermostat up to comfortable levels. If you turn on your furnace for the first time this year, only to be hit with an odd odor, you may have a problem on your hands.

There are a few reasons as to why your furnace in Madera, CA may emit a strange odor. Not all of the them are terribly serious. Some are, though, so having the system and the situation assessed and evaluated by a trained professional may be necessary.

In something of a best case scenario, the odor coming from your furnace may simply be that of dust burning off of its electric heating coils or burners. While you may keep your home quite tidy throughout the year, the fact is that your furnace has plenty of downtime during which dust may build up in its combustion chamber or upon these coils. If this is the case, then it is possible for that dust to burn off when you fire up the furnace for the first time of the year. If the odor does not go away, though, you are likely dealing with some other issue.

It could be that you have a wiring issue causing the plastic casing on the wires to heat up and melt. If this is the case, you are at risk of a fire. Electrical problems can prove to be quite dangerous, and having them resolved in a timely fashion by a trained professional is an absolute necessity.

Finally, you could just have a foreign object lodged in your ductwork. If you have kids, they may have forced a toy through a vent, for instance. Whatever the object may be, and however it may have gotten into the system, we can find it and remove it without damaging your ductwork.

Contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning to schedule your furnace services.