Notice a Burning Smell coming from your Furnace? Don’t Panic

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With the weather starting to cool down here in Northeast Ohio, many of our customers are turning on their heat for the first time after the equipment sat idle during the warmer months. If you’ve recently turned on your furnace and noticed an odd smell, don’t panic. Read on to see what could be causing it:

Is a burning smell coming from my furnace normal?

Yes. Noticing a dusty or burning smell the first time you turn your furnace on at the onset of cold weather is usually quite normal. In fact, it’s one of the most common HVAC complaints that homeowners have.

What causes my furnace to emit a burning smell?

During the warmer months, dust accumulates in and around heat exchangers, air ducts and registers. When the furnace is turned on for the first time, the layer of dust burns off and releases a dusty or burning smell.

How long should the smell last?

Not long. The smell should only last a few hours or a few days maximum.

What if the problem persists?

Should you continually notice a burning smell coming from your furnace, there is most likely another issue. First, change your filter and see if that fixes the problem. If not, call your local HVAC company and make an appointment.

What else can I do?

We suggest keeping up with regular professional furnace maintenance. During a routine service appointment, your furnace will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

Crown Group Ohio is here to help if you have a question or suspect you have an issue with your furnace. We also offer routine maintenance through our Crown Comfort Club. Call us to learn more.