Is there an odd smell coming from your furnace? The source of this smell could either be a small issue or a big one. Either way, you should err on the side of caution and not ignore the situation. WM Buffington Company Inc., the leading name in furnaces, boilers and heat pump systems details four possible smells that can come from your furnace, what they could mean and what you should do about them.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Musty OdorThe first time you turn on the furnace in late fall or early winter, it may give off a musty smell because of the length of time since it was last used. However, if the musty odor persists, this could mean that the filters are clogged with dirt, dust and possibly mold. This is a sign that you need to replace your filters. Rotten Egg SmellA rotten egg smell coming from your furnace is an emergency situation because it indicates you have a gas leak. Evacuate your home and call your gas company to have the leak repaired. After doing so, call your HVAC contractor for a thorough maintenance check.Smell of Burning Plastic or MetalThis type of smell could mean that there’s a foreign object in your ductwork that gives off a burning smell when overheated. It could also be something more serious like an overheated motor or other component of the HVAC system. Turn off your heating system and call your HVAC technician immediately if you notice this smell.Smoky or Oily SmellIf you’re operating an oil furnace, an oily smell could mean that the furnace filter is clogged. However, if the smell persists even after replacing the filter, this might mean that there’s a more serious problem which your HVAC technician should look into.To keep your system working properly, you should schedule routine maintenance with your HVAC contractor. Also, ensure that your home is properly insulated to avoid overworking your heating system. Call an insulation installation services provider if needed.For all your heating and cooling needs, trust only WM Buffington Company Inc. Our services include HVAC repairs, maintenance and installations. We also provide plumbing services. For a free, no-obligation estimate for complete system replacement and other concerns, call us at (717) 657-2451. We serve clients in Harrisburg, PA.
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