As the temperature starts to cool down, you may turn on your heater for the first time in a while and smell a strong burning odor. This can be alarming but try not to panic. There are several reasons why this may be happening:
Build-Up Of Debris
If you notice a burning smell like plastic or rubber, it may be caused by an object (such as a toy) that has gotten into your heating unit. First, try to locate the vent where the smell is coming from. If something is blocking the vent, try removing it to see if that resolves the smell. If the smell persists, it’s important to contact a professional HVAC technician to determine the source of the problem and whether you need furnace maintenance.
Dusty Air Filter
It’s easy to neglect to change your air filter, but it’s recommended to replace it every 1-2 months. If you wait too long, the filter can become clogged, causing your furnace to work harder to push air through it. This can lead to overheating and burning dust from the filter, which can result in an unpleasant smell.
A common cause of a burning smell is dust buildup on your furnace, which can occur when the furnace is not used for an extended period, such as in warm climates like Texas. When the furnace is turned on for the first time in months, the dust that has accumulated will start to burn off, creating a burning smell. The smell may spread throughout your home, but it should dissipate after a short time. If the smell persists, turn off the furnace and contact a professional HVAC technician for furnace maintenance.
A burning electrical smell coming from your heater may be a sign of a serious electrical problem. It’s important to have an experienced technician inspect your heater immediately and address the issue. Waiting to address the problem can put your entire system at risk of further damage and increase the likelihood of an electrical fire. Regular maintenance on your system can help prevent breakdowns and malfunctions, so be sure to schedule an appointment to prevent any future issues.
Get Furnace Maintenance Services From Rabbit Heating & Air
If you turn on your furnace and you smell something burning, don’t wait on calling furnace maintenance to come to fix the problem. Rabbit Heating & Air offers HVAC repair and replacement services in Denver. Contact us today!