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Evanston Heating Service: 3 Furnace Odors and What They Can Tell You

December 3, 2015

Furnace odors are a sign that you need to call our Evanston heating service immediately. While the cause could be something as simple as a filter that needs to be replaced, odors could also be caused by a defective or broken part within your furnace, or a clogged chimney. Many times, when a furnace hasn’t been used for a long time, dust will accumulate in your ductwork and cause an odor. This smell should go away after an hour or two and is not a sign of a problem. Failure to address any odd smell emanating from your furnace could eventually result in costly repairs, or quite possibly a replacement of your entire system.

Precision is here to offer Evanston heating service that will get rid of those foul odors and keep your home safe. We strive to provide our customers with a working heating system that provides you and your family with warmth this winter season. When you call us upon first detection of a furnace odor, you can expect quick, efficient service that won’t leave you stuck in the cold!

3 Common Furnace Odors

Your home’s high level of indoor air quality could be jeopardy, and it may all be due to your furnace. Call our Evanston heating service today if you notice these 3 smells:

  1. Musty Furnace Smell: This could be caused by mold being trapped in the filter of the furnace, or the filter of your humidifier if one is present. Some furnace models have a humidifier attached to them while others do not. Check your furnace filter once a year and replace it if it becomes clogged. If you have a humidifier, you can clean it by soaking it in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and then using a clean cloth to gently wipe it clean.
  2. Burning Plastic or Electrical Smell: There are several potential reasons why you may smell something that seems to be a burning electrical part or burning plastic. These kinds of smells, however, could also occur as the result of a heat exchanger that has cracked or a furnace motor that has overheated. If you see no foreign object of any kind in your ductwork, call our Evanston heating service immediately.
  3. Oil or Smoke Smell: If you have an oil furnace and you notice an oil smell when it turns on, then the filter may be clogged and needs to be changed. If you notice a smoky smell then your chimney could be clogged and smoke is coming back into your home through your ductwork as a result. Call a professional at Precision to look at your chimney and remove whatever blockage may exist.

Contact Precision today if you detect any of these 3 odors in your home and get help from Evanston heating service today!