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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is getting colder in Elmhurst and we will have to turn our furnaces on soon. This time of year we get a great deal 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 last year. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of danger and the smell will usually be gone after a while. However, if the smell does not go away after a bit, please notify one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your furnace is that your air filter may have become clogged. 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 key part of your life these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our experts will be sure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning scent. Give us a call at 630-833-1100 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.