As most of us are turning on our furnace for the first time this season, Action Air explains what you might be smelling.
When you turn on your furnace at the start of the season you might smell a slight burning smell. This is normal. This is dust that has been accumulating over the summer and is burning away as your unit heats up.
If you detect a smell that a bit sour, you may have a severe problem. That smell can indicate a failed heat exchanger, especially if you have a high-efficiency furnace. This is a serious problem since a lousy heat exchanger can pump unsafe levels of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) gas into your home. Contact Action Air immediately to check it out.
Now is an excellent time to remind you about your Carbon Monoxide detector. Check the batteries if you have one. If you don’t have one – get one!
If your furnace smells like a burning plastic, shut off the furnace and call Action Air immediately. That odor means electrical components or wires are getting scorched because of a short or some other malfunction. It could mean a failing fan motor.
But of course, the best way to keep your system in peak running condition is to schedule regular maintenance check-ups with Action Air.