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What’s That Smell? You Might Have Furnace Trouble

We know you’re out there running your heater more often because it’s so cold here. When you turn on your furnace, you want to be able to have warm, fresh air coming into your home. If this isn’t the case, then you’re going to notice it right away.

We want you to avoid furnace trouble. We know what it’s like to have your heater give out on you when you need it most—it isn’t fun. That’s why we make sure that every single one of our heating professionals is someone that you can rely on. You can trust us with your heating in Drexel Hill, PA. If you need further details about what your furnace might be trying to tell you with these scents, then please keep reading below.

What That Smell Means

This is likely what the smell you’re experiencing indicates…


You turn on your furnace and it smells like it’s burning. This is never a good sign. The first thing you should do under circumstances like this is turn the unit off. After that, your next best bet is to call a heating professional.

You might be dealing with frayed wires and electrical issues or a quickly declining furnace. No matter what this issue is, we can help you with exactly what you need to fix it.

Rotten Eggs

You turn on your heater and minutes later your home is filled with a distinct rotten eggs smell. Anything that smells like rotten eggs or like a sewer denotes a problem with sulfur. This might seem like a minor problem, but it’s actually something that can pose a threat to your health if you don’t address it in a timely manner. You don’t want to run the risk of potential carbon monoxide poisoning from your furnace. Just call our professionals today.

Musty Scents

Your furnace smells … well … a little musty or moldy. You find this odd because you haven’t noticed any mold growth throughout your home. Take a moment to look through all the nooks, crannies, and corners of your home. If you notice that something is amiss, then it’s definitely time for you to schedule an appointment with our team members.

You should call us even if you can’t visually pinpoint the source of the trouble. Our experts can do the sleuthing for you.

Stale Smell

We know that “stale” or “dusty” aren’t typically two descriptors you would use to describe a scent. Although it’s a little odd, we know that you understand exactly what we mean if this is something that’s occurring in your home. No stale smell should persist in your home. If you notice this, then it means that your furnace is having unhealthy cycling issues.

Melting Plastic

Your home smells like melting plastic when the heater runs. This is a big issue. The melting plastic smell stems from electrical problems. What you’re likely smelling is the coating around the furnace wiring melting off. Don’t deal with this for long. Contact a heating professional ASAP.

Contact us for your furnace services this winter. Integrity Before Profit.

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