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Why Does My Heater Smell Like It's Burning?

Why Does My Heater Smell Like It’s Burning?

Noticing a burning smell coming from your heater can be quite scary. Fortunately, in most cases there is no reason to worry. If your heater is emitting a burning odor, here are three potential culprits and what you should do about it:

1. Burning Dust and Debris

It’s common to notice a burning smell when you turn on your heater for the first time of the season. While sitting dormant during the warmer months, your heater will collect dirt and dust. This dust will burn up when the heater is turned on for the first time and the smell will be distributed throughout your house along with the warm air. In most cases, this smell will go away within 30 minutes, but if it persists, be sure to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician.

2. Clogged Furnace Filter

A clogged filter will cause your heater’s motor to work harder, which can result in a burning smell. Be sure to change out the air filter immediately (and once per month) if you suspect this is the root of the burning scent, or else your motor may burn out and need to be replaced.

3. Damaged Furnace or Heaters

In certain causes, a burning odor could be indicative of a damaged furnace. While lots of things can result in a malfunctioning furnace, forgoing maintenance is a common culprit. If you suspect your furnace is damaged, turn off your system and call an HVAC technician to inspect your system.

Contact Quick Servant Today for Heater Repair and to Remove the Burning Smell

If you are in need of heating services, whether a repair, replacement or maintenance, Quick Servant can help. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians online.