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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is turning brisk in Baltimore and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This fall period 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 operating your furnace since last year. In that time dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your furnace, that dust will burn off. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of hazard and the smell will usually go away after a little bit. However, if the smell does not go away after a short time, please notify one of our experts.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent 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 important part of your life in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular furnace repair, now is the last chance. Our professionals will make sure your system is operating safely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning smell. Give us a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduler.