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Why Does My Furnace Smell Like Burning?

The furnace has long been one of the most popular of all home heating systems, and with good reason. Furnaces heat air directly, distributing that heated air throughout homes via ductwork for prompt, effective heating. They may utilize various fuels, with natural gas and electric furnaces being the most common. They are also quite efficient. Furnaces are not perfect, though: no mechanical system is. One problem that you may encounter with your furnace, and one which demands the immediate attention of a professional technician, is a burning odor. If you smell burning when using your furnace inDes Moines, IA, be sure to contact a member of our team immediately.

Potential Causes of a Burning Odor

There are a few reasons as to why your furnace may emit a burning odor. You’ll see that some are more alarming than other. Because the only way in which to determine precisely what you’re dealing with is to have your furnace professionally assessed, though, any instance of a burning odor is cause for professional consideration.

  • Dust could be to blame for your burning odor, and this is probably the best case scenario. It is possible that dust has simply built up on the heating elements or the burner, and that the odor that you’re smelling is that of this dust being burnt off. If the issue continues, though, this is not likely the case.
  • Overheating is another potential cause, and a more worrisome one. If a component within your furnace is overheating, and you continue to run that furnace, you risk doing serious damage to your system. Clogged air filters, for instance, could put enough strain on your fan motor that it will overheat.
  • Electrical problems could also be at the root of the problem, and this is a very serious issue. You may be smelling the odor of wire casings burning, or some other electrical component failing. This is a fire risk, and the problem must be resolved as soon as possible.

Call Schaal Heating and Cooling for furnace repair services.

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