The Heat Is On, What’s That Burning Smell From My Furnace?

Furnace SmellBrrrr! Time to turn your furnace on in Boone and Banner Elk. Immediately, you notice a smell that is similar to a burning fire, filling your house. What is the best thing to do in this situation? You need to figure out what is causing the burning smell, and be sure to stay calm. First, switch the thermostat system setting to “off”. Inspect your heating system and make sure that you do not locate an actual fire or other dangerous situation. Even when your heating system passes the inspection points listed below, you should schedule a beginning of season furnace inspection and maintenance check up with Mountaineer Heating and Cooling. Costly problems and potential system malfunctions can be avoided with furnace maintenance and repairs.

Check Your Combustion Chamber for Dust

Your furnace was consistently in an idle mode during the spring and summer, therefore dust accumulated inside of the combustion chamber. When you turned on the furnace, the combustion chamber ignited, resulting in seared debris that caused a burning odor. The blower sent the warm air through your ducts, circulating the burning smell around your home. Rest assured that this type of burning odor from dust in the combustion chamber is safe. The smell will go away quickly by opening a few windows to let the smell escape. If you cleared out the smell and then it returned, this is an indication that there could be a different problem with your furnace. Call Mountaineer Heating and Air to provide a full system inspection, along with the recommended maintenance to keep your heating system healthy.

Do You Have an Old Furnace Filter?

Changing furnace filters on a regular basis will improve the air quality in your home. If you cannot remember the last time you changed your furnace filter, it may be the reason for the burning odor. If you use a forced-air furnace, clean filters are necessary to efficiently deliver warm, filtered air to all of the rooms in your home. The filters capture allergens and small airborne particles, such as pollen, dust, mold spores and pet dander. Clean filters work to clear out the bad particles in the air before your furnace is ignited, so the circulated air is free of allergens and other particles. If the filter becomes extremely dirty or soiled, it cannot work properly because the filter fibers will become clogged with dust and dirt, affecting the filter’s performance. This can also be the cause of a bad odor.

Change your filters frequently to prevent a fire, which can develop from an overheated unit. Again, if this is the cause of the burning smell in your home, it is safe and easy to fix. Change the filter with a new filter, and the burning odor will disappear. Maintain a consistent schedule of filter changes, and check and replace them every 30-60 days or as recommended by the filter’s manufacturer. Your heating system’s life can be extended, and malfunctions can be prevented by keeping up with furnace filter changes. If you replaced the filter, and it still does not resolve the burning smell, contact Mountaineer Heating and Cooling for furnace service in Boone and the surrounding areas.

Is the Furnace Blower Working Efficiently?

The furnace blower works by taking heat from your furnace and sending it around your home. The heating unit’s temperature is managed by the blower, keeping your system from getting too hot internally. Since mechanical devices need repairs occasionally, the furnace blower may need service. When a blower becomes inefficient, the furnace may overheat, producing the burning smell throughout your home. If this occurs in your house, contact Mountaineer Heating and Cooling. Our certified technicians are fully equipped to provide thorough repairs and maintenance for your heating system.

If you have explored all of the possible causes listed above, and the burning odor is still present, contact Mountaineer Heating and Cooling immediately to inspect your furnace and find the source of the smell. We provide quality installation, repair and maintenance services in the Boone and Banner Elk area for residential and commercial customers. Contact us at 828-264-6625 to schedule your heating system checkup and repair service today.