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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The temperatures are dropping here in Portland and that means soon we’ll be relying on the comfort of our furnaces. This is typically the time we get a number of furnace repair calls from our patrons concerned about a weird smell escaping from their furnace. If it’s been a few months since you’ve run your furnace and you smell something strange, stay calm. There’s most likely nothing to worry about and there are a number of reasons your furnace could smell strange.

Last winter was probably the last time you’ve had to use your furnace. For most of the year, dust may have built up inside of your furnace. Turning on your furnace for the first time will burn that off, creating a smell. This smell will spread through your home throughout your duct work. This usually isn’t a harmful situation and the odor will not last long. Although, if the smell doesn’t go away in a short while, you’ll have to call in a professional to inspect things.

Another realistic cause of weird 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 professionals at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland are ready to check things out and set your mind and nose at ease.

You’re going to be depending on your furnace more and more these coming months, if you haven’t yet, it is the ideal time to get your regular furnace repair scheduled. Our certified technicians will get all those internal parts cleaned and checked out to ensure your system will run efficiently and without troubling smells this Portland winter. Get an appointment scheduled by calling us at 503-213-4433.