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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The temperatures are falling here in Rapid City and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is traditionally the time we receive several furnace repair calls from our patrons concerned about a unusual smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been a little while since you’ve used your furnace and you smell something bizarre, stay calm. There’s typically nothing to worry about and there are a number of reasons your furnace may smell strange.

Last winter was most likely the last time you’ve had to run your furnace. For most of the year, debris may have gathered inside of your furnace. Starting up your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will travel through your home throughout your duct work. This usually 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 your system.

Another possible cause of strange smells coming from your furnace is a congested 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be relying on your furnace more and more these next months, if you haven’t yet, it is the perfect 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 Rapid City winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 605-342-5107 or set up an appointment using our online scheduler.