To a certain degree, some smells around your home are normal. What isn’t normal is a burning smell when you turn on your heater. While this doesn’t automatically mean you should call the fire department, it’s not something you should ignore either.
Here’s what the heating and AC repair pros of Mechanical Technologies have to say:
A burning dust smell is the most common of burning smells, and most often occurs when heating units are first turned on for the season. This is because, after a long period of non-use, dust can settle on heat exchangers, burners and other heating parts, resulting in a smoky odor from the particles being burned.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry too much when it comes to burning dust smells because they should stop once all the particles have been burned away. If the smell does linger or gets worse, turn off your heating unit and call an HVAC professional to have it checked and schedule air duct cleaning.
An electrical burning smell is something to worry about because it can signify a serious electrical issue. If your heating unit is defective or damaged, its blower motor can overheat, causing this smell. The problem can also stem from damaged electrical wiring, or worse, a cracked heat exchanger, which is a potentially dangerous issue.
If you notice an electrical burning smell, immediately turn off your heating unit and call an HVAC expert for help.
While you can call on an HVAC company to take care of your heating woes at any time, it still pays to have your heating system routinely maintained. Done regularly, maintenance can help you spot issues before they get worse, making them harder and costlier to address.
If it’s time for a new heater, Mechanical Technologies is your leading choice for dependable heating and air conditioning services. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (915) 213-1807 or fill out our contact form. Talk to us today!