Is there a burning smell from turning on your furnace the first time this fall? Here could be why! | Fall HVAC

Fall is almost here, and we want to be sure your home is ready for the change of season! If you haven’t already, be sure to turn on and check over your furnace to ensure it is working properly before the cold weather hits. When you turn on your furnace the first time each year, you may notice an unusual burning smell. There are a few reasons this might be.  

  1. Dust in the heater: If you turn off your furnace during the warmer months, it will collect dust. When this dust builds up on components like the heat exchanger or burners, your heater will emit a burning smell when you turn it on again.  
  2. Old furnace filter/dirty vents: If you don’t replace the filters in your heating system regularly, they can clog up and create a burning smell. They can also cause mold and mildew to grow inside your ductwork causing a musty odor.  
  3. Something in your heating system: If you smell plastic or rubber burning odor, try locating it. Check each room of your home and see whether you can find where the odor is strongest. If there’s a room where the smell is notably stronger, open the vent.  
  4. Electrical issues: Turn off your HVAC system immediately if your system is emitting an electrical burning smell. Contact our team of experienced HVAC technicians who can safely handle and repair the system.  

If you are in need of a furnace repair or tune-up, call us to have a Mr. Holland’s Home Services experienced HVAC technician out to your home (866) 992-1717.  

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