4 Furnace Odors You Should Know

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From rotten eggs to burning dust, furnaces often emit a range of telltale smells. Find out what the odors coming from your Las Vegas, Nevada, home furnace mean and understand when it’s time to get help from an HVAC professional.

Rotten Eggs

The unpleasant odor of rotten eggs is sure to get any homeowner’s attention and for good reason. When the furnace emits a rotten egg smell, this odor is probably a sign that your home has a natural gas leak. Since untreated gas leaks can be deadly, leave your home immediately.

Contact your local utility company to report the leak, and if the odor seems to come from the furnace itself, call one of our Ambient Edge service team members to inspect your unit.

Burning Dust

It’s not unusual to experience the odor of burning dust the first few times you run the furnace each winter. This smell is a relatively normal one and usually indicates that the furnace is burning through any dust and debris that have accumulated inside over the course of the year.

However, if the dust smell doesn’t clear after the first few times you use the furnace, call an Ambient Edge technician to check out your furnace.

Electrical Odors

The smell of burning plastic or overheating electronics is almost definitely the sign of an issue with your furnace’s motor or wiring. Since overheating can eventually lead to fires and internal damage, turn off the furnace immediately when you detect a strong electrical odor. Call for an HVAC repair as soon as possible to find the cause of the issue and get your furnace back in working order.

Musty Scents

Musty odors emanating from your HVAC system are strong indicators that mold and mildew may be growing somewhere inside the system. Mold can proliferate in ductwork and other hard-to-reach places. One of our experienced HVAC technicians can help you find and handle the problem.

Since mold can lead to serious health problems if left untreated, protect yourself and your family by addressing this issue as soon as possible.

Are you sick of inhaling your furnace’s foul odors? Get in touch with one of our heating maintenance and service experts at Ambient Edge: 702-479-7464.

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