Why Is There Is a Funny Smell When the Heat Turns On?

Garner NC HVAC RepairThe cold weather is here to stay. That means that many homeowners all over the Raleigh, Wake Forest and Garner areas are going to be turning on the thermostat for the first time. If you're concerned about the efficiency of your furnace, it's not too late to call Choice Heating and Air and have your current unit inspected and serviced. However, if your unit is over 10 years old, it may be functioning at only a fraction of its efficiency. The average unit over 10 years old functions at about 40 to 50 percent of its original efficiency. This can mean that your heating bills this winter could be higher than they need to be. Our extensive product offerings include Energy Star rated furnaces that boast energy efficiency ratings of over 90 percent. Ask your Choice Heating and Air pro for a free estimate on a new system. Call today to schedule your in home HVAC inspection and cleaning from the top Garner NC HVAC repair company.

What's That Funny Smell From My Heater?

When you turn on the furnace for the first time each season, homeowners are always alarmed by the burning smell that accompanies the initial start up of their furnace. In most cases, this is not cause for alarm. It is important though to know what the possible sources of the odors could be.

The most likely culprit is dust. Your heating system sits for months unused and as a result it accumulates a layer of dust. Once you turn your heating system on, your furnace activates and begins to burn off that dust on your heating unit and in your ducts. This is completely normal. However, this can be avoided by having your unit serviced prior to the first cold weather of the season. Choice Heating and Air recommends bi-annual service plans that allow you to have your air conditioner and furnace cleaned and inspected twice a year. These inspections can help keep expensive repairs at bay and keep your system running efficiently and even help extend the life of your unit. These inspections are scheduled by our office so you never have to worry about forgetting to call and schedule again.

Bi-annual service is a great way to help keep your energy costs low and keep those expensive emergency repair calls from happening. Ask your Choice Heating and Air tech about setting up your plan today!

If you continue to notice a burning smell or other smells while your furnace runs, it's best to call our office and schedule an in home evaluation of your heating system. It is important to note that if you have turned your thermostat up in response to colder temperatures there may be additional burn off that will occur initially. This is normal and to be expected, however if this smell continues - give us a call!

Homeowners also report musty or damp smells from their furnaces. This typically means that you need to change your air filters. If you have recently changed your air filters or this problem persists it could mean that your humidifier on your furnace has grown mold and needs to be replaced. Getting rid of that smell can be as simple as cleaning the humidifier with a vinegar and hot water solution and allowing it to dry in the sun.

One of the most common smells that we get called about is an electrical or burning plastic smell. This one could be something more serious or something simple. Foreign objects in your HVAC ductwork can lead to the smell once it gets overheated. Most commonly these are children's toys or other items that have found their way into your duct work. If you are unable to locate a foreign object in the ducts then a call to Choice is in order. This smell could mean something serious like an overheated motor or cracked heat exchanger.

The Best Garner NC HVAC Repair and Service Is From Choice HVAC

The comfort pros at Choice Heating and Air of Garner remind you that if your HVAC unit is over 10 years old the problem may actually be with your HVAC system. Once a unit reaches 10 years of age the efficiency rating of that unit has decreased to around 50 to 60 percent. Call Choice Heating and Air today and schedule Garner NC HVAC repair or service. Our product line includes HVAC units that boast over 90 percent efficiency ratings and some with extended manufacturer's warranties. Make sure that your HVAC unit is functioning at its peak capacity with our signature Garner HVAC tune up.

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