Why Does My Heater Smell Like It’s Burning?

If you’re turning on your heater for the first time this fall, it may smell like it’s burning. This happens whether you or a maintenance technician turns it on. There are a variety of reasons your heater can smell when it’s operating.

Normal Burn-Off

During the spring and summer, it’s common for heating equipment to get covered in a layer of dust and dirt. As your heater begins to operate, the buildup will burn away. It can smell like a fire, so if you’re not aware of this phenomenon, it can be quite alarming. To protect yourself and your home, it’s best to have an experienced heating professional turn on your system every fall.

Musty Odors

If your system also has a musty odor, you’ve likely got mildew or mold in your ventilation system. Sometimes the smell burns away with the dirt buildup. If it remains after the burning smell stops, you’ll need to eliminate the causes. Replace your filter or clean it if it’s a washable model. Musty smells that linger after cleaning should be addressed by a professional who knows how to identify harmful molds.

Regular furnace maintenance can prevent winter breakdowns and extend the useful life or your equipment. Wellmann Heating & Air, Inc has a skilled team to serve all of your heating needs in Lincoln. Let us know how we can serve you.

Electrical Burning Smell

When wiring becomes loose or frayed, it can cause an odd metallic or plastic smell. An overheated motor or component can also cause the same odor. It’s best to call a qualified technician to help you safely locate the problem. A seasonal tune-up can take care of this potentially dangerous situation.

Wellmann Heating & Air, Inc hires NATE-certified technicians to serve homeowners in Lincoln. We offer a satisfaction guarantee and affordable rates. You can rely on us for installations, repairs, and indoor air quality services. Our company follows an environmentally-conscious and energy-efficient approach to home heating solutions. Call us today for more information.

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