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Why Does Your Furnace Smell When You Turn It On?

The weather is getting colder in Great Falls and we will need to turn our furnaces on soon. This season we get a lot of furnace repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when they turn their furnace on for the first time. Most likely you haven’t been running your furnace since last year. In that time dust may have gathered inside your system. The first time you start your furnace, that dust will incinerate. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually present any sort of danger and the smell will normally diminish after a little bit. However, if the scent does not go away after a bit, please call in one of our pros.

Another reason you could be smelling an unusual scent from your furnace is that your air filter may have become blocked. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the furnace to overheat.

Your furnace is going to be an key part of your life this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual furnace repair, now is the perfect time. Our pros will make sure your system is working safely and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 406-761-7283 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.