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Why Does My Furnace Smell Weird?

Male homeowner covers his nose when he notices a strange and unpleasant smell coming from his furnace in his Indianapolis, IN, home.

 

Do you ever notice strange smells coming from your furnace? If so, it may be best to call a local heating contractor to inspect your heating system. While these smells aren’t always a cause for concern, it’s smart to have a specialist check for anything that’s out of the ordinary. Additionally, there are different smells for different potential problems. Don’t take it for granted if you’re noticing strange smells coming from your furnace; contact a local expert for an inspection and get fast repairs that keep your system safe. Also, take note of these common smells, and contact your Bassett Services pros for heating repairs!

Burning Smell

While noticing a burning smell may alarm you at first, it is usually a normal smell that goes away. Typically, homeowners report this smell the first few times they fire up their furnaces in the winter. This is due to a buildup of dust on the heating coils throughout the summer, and this is not a dire problem. While your unit may need a cleaning, it probably won’t cause any major catastrophes.

 

Close up of furnace repair. A repairman testing, checking, repairing the wiring of a furnace system in an Indianapolis, IN, home.

Electrical Wiring

This smell may seem like a wire shorted out, or something is getting too hot. Many times, this is because some component inside the heating unit (usually the heating coils) has gotten too hot and is at risk of overheating. Most furnaces will shut off if something starts to overheat. However, there is a reason it overheated, and your heating contractor should be notified to come for an inspection. Reach out today for furnace services.

Sulfur Smell

If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs, you need to take extreme caution. First, shut off your furnace and call your local heating contractor immediately to notify them you smell a gas leak. They’ll know just what to do and send a 24-hour technician to solve your problem safely. This isn’t a wait-and-see problem, so please do not hesitate. If you smell gas, you need to get it taken care of right away for the safety of your home and family.

 

Close up of technician replacing a furnace filter to get rid of the unpleasant burning smell in this Indianapolis, IN, home.

Burning Oil

If you smell burning oil, this could potentially be a problem, but it may not be a huge concern. Usually, it’s one of two things. Most likely, it’s just a clogged filter. If changing the filter doesn’t work, it’s probably an oil leak that needs to be repaired immediately. Don’t wait to find out which situation it is. You’ll sleep better knowing for sure, so contact one of our professionals at Bassett Services to restore your furnace and put your mind at ease.

Musty/Moldy Smell

The musty or moldy smell you’re getting from your furnace or utility room is routine and not a cause for concern. While a furnace cleaning and seasonal tune-up might take care of this, you’re not in any immediate danger when you smell this. Ignoring this smell is fine, but if it bothers you, feel free to call our expert technicians at Bassett Services at (317) 680-8278 to perform a thorough cleaning and get rid of the unpleasant smell.

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