HVAC Furnace Repair Santa Rosa: Does Your Furnace Smell Like It’s Burning?
Did you know that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has ranked heating equipment as the 2nd highest cause of house fires?
Have you turned on your furnace in Santa Rosa yet? Did you notice that your home got warmer, but hold on a minute—what is that burning smell? What should you do?
First, stay calm and turn the furnace off. Next, go to where your furnace is located. Make sure you don’t have a fire going and that you don’t need to call 9-1-1. If there is a fire, get everyone out of the house quietly and orderly (like the fire drills you practice). Then call 9-1-1.
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If you see that there is no immediate danger to you, your family and your house, relax. Then go through these 3 possible causes of the odor.
1. Combustion Chamber Dust is the most common cause of the smell. After your furnace has been idle during air conditioner season, dust and dirt settle in the combustion chamber. When you start the furnace for the first time and the chamber ignites, the debris burns off and produces the scent of smoke. The blower pushes the warm air into your house. If this is the reason your furnace is giving off an odor, the stench that so alarmed you will leave quickly. You can always open a few windows to help remove the smell.
2, Dirty Filter is another culprit. When did you change the furnace filter last? Don’t remember? You need to check to see if the filter is causing the smell. Filters in a forced-air furnace are important to proper heating. Filters remove particulates like dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores and more from the air before the unit gets warmed up. If your filter is filthy, the airflow becomes blocked and cannot flow freely through the filter. When this happens, there is a possibility that the unit will overheat and start one of those house fires I mentioned before. If the dirty filter is the cause of the smell, it’s time to put in a new one. Like we have said before you need to change your filters every 30 days to keep your furnace going.
3. Blower Malfunction takes place when your blower stops, no longer drawing heat from the furnace to distribute through the house. It also helps maintain the internal temperature of the furnace from getting too hot. This mechanical device, like all mechanical devices, breaks down. If the blower stops working, this can cause the furnace to overheat and cause a fire.
Don’t become a statistic. You can fix the dust smell and the dirty filter; but when it comes to a blower, you need to call for HVAC furnace repair Santa Rosa. Hopefully, you already have a technician you can call. If you don’t have an HVAC furnace repair tech here in Santa Rosa, please feel free to call us at Affordable Heating and Air. Our number is 707-953-3345.