Does it smell like something is burning in your home? A burning smell is most definitely alarming, but not always dangerous. Now if something is actually on fire call for help, but if you notice the smell only when your furnace is on then you should do some investigating. Take notice of the timing and duration of the smell.
Some smells coming from your furnace are normal and require no professional assistance, but others are quite dangerous and should be looked at immediately. These questions should help you determine the difference:
Is this the first time your unit has been on in awhile? At this point in the season, the answer to that is probably not, but if you are turning your unit on for the first time or after a long period of time and you smell something burning, it is probably just dust that has settled into the unit and will burn off quickly. After it burns off you should not smell that odor anymore. If you do continue to smell something after an extended period of time, it is time to call a heating professional.
Is there enough clearance space around your furnace? Make sure there are no stray items that could become too hot around your unit. Check around for toys, clothes, towels and other items that are flammable and too close to your furnace. This is a huge fire hazard and needs to be taken seriously. Make sure there is not anything around your unit that is burning and causing the smell.
Have you changed your filter lately? Dirty filters allow dust to flow through your system causing the same burning smell as a unit that has not been turned on recently. The best way to remedy this problem is to simply change the filter and then be sure to change it frequently.
If the odor you are smelling smells like gas, you may have a fuel supply problem. A gas leak is something that needs to be serviced by a professional immediately.
Heating is the second highest cause for house fires so issues with your furnace need to be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. While it is likely that if you only briefly smell the odor of something burning it has to do with dust, it is important to have your unit inspected by a licensed professional every year to ensure your unit is safe for you and your loved ones.
Call Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089 to have our trained professionals ensure that your unit is still functioning safely.