Why Is There a Burning Smell When I Turn On My Heat?

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Do you smell something strange when you turn on your heat? It might be time for a heating service appointment. Stout-Air has been providing quality HVAC services in Northern California since 2010. We love to see our customers happy and healthy, and we know that the best way to do that is by providing quality heating and air services. Our team is prompt, affordable, and always friendly — so you can feel comfortable in your home or business. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment! Here are four reasons why you might be smelling a burning smell when you turn on your heat.


Burning Dust

When your furnace starts up, it can create a lot of dust, especially when it's the first time turning on your heater for the winter season. This dust can get caught in the air vents and start to burn. If this is the case, you'll likely also see particles flying through the air.


Bad Filter

A bad filter can cause your furnace to overheat, which will create that burning smell. You might not be able to see the filter from where you're sitting, so take a look at your furnace's manual or online instructions to find out how to change it.


Motor Burnout

If your furnace has been running for a long time, the motor might start to burn out. This will create a loud noise and that burning smell. It's crucial to get this fixed as soon as possible because it could damage your furnace in the long run, costing even more money.


Gas Leak

Finally, if you're smelling gas, there might be a gas leak somewhere in your home. This is something you want to have checked out by a professional! Schedule an appointment with Stout-Air today, and we'll take care of everything for you.

If you are smelling something strange when turning on your heat, contact us today and allow the professionals to take a look. We are only here to help you!

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