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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are falling here in Longview and that means soon we’ll be counting on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we get a number of furnace repair calls from our patrons anxious about a unusual smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been awhile since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something weird, stay calm. There’s probably nothing to worry about and there are a number of reasons your furnace could smell strange.

Last winter was most likely the last time you’ve had to run your furnace. For most of the year, dirt may have accumulated inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, leaving a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This generally isn’t a dangerous situation and the scent will not last long. However, if the smell doesn’t go away quickly, you’ll have to call in a technician to assess the issue.

Another possible cause of strange smells coming from your furnace is a blocked air filter. A clogged filter will cause your blower motor to run harder which could cause the motor and/or your furnace to overheat.

You’re better safe than sorry and if there are any odors coming from your furnace the experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be counting on your furnace more and more these upcoming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the optimal time to get your yearly furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal components cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Longview winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.