Burning Smells and Heating Systems

December 16, 2021
Furnace Repair in East Peoria, IL

As the weather starts to cool down, it is not unusual for our East Peoria clients to call in a panic about a burning smell. Any time you smell smoke in your home, it is a reason for concern. However, a burning odor that happens when you first fire up the system is perfectly normal.

Reasons for an Initial Burning Smell

Your heating system is quiet during the warm spring and summer seasons. In these months, dust and debris accumulate inside the furnace and ducts. When the burner ignites for the first time, it burns away the dust and hair, leading to a smoky smell. Fortunately, this should be a short burn, and the smell should dissipate within an hour.

Smells That You Cannot Ignore

While a short-lived burning smell is not unusual, there are some smells that you should never ignore. If the smoldering odor lasts for several hours or happens every time the furnace runs, it may signify a serious issue. The experts at Accurate Heating & Cooling will investigate the smell and fix the problem.

If you smell a noxious odor like burning rubber or plastic, it is another reason to call our technicians. These smells are often the result of failing parts that need replacement. Our team is available 24/7 for emergency repairs that will remove the source of the odor.

Preventive Steps

The best defense against unusual furnace smells is regular maintenance. When you contact Accurate Heating & Cooling for a heating tune-up, our highly-trained technicians will perform a complete examination of your heating system. They will check for worn parts and replace them before they can cause problems. They will also perform a system cleaning that will remove much of the accumulated dust.

Dust in your ductwork can be another source of unpleasant smells. A duct cleaning appointment with Accurate Heating & Cooling will minimize the number of smelly pollutants in your indoor air.

Changing your air filter is another helpful step in preventing any lingering burning smells. A clean filter will capture more of the soot and other particles that contribute to the smoky odor.

Your Heating Partner in East Peoria

At Accurate Heating & Cooling, our NATE-certified technicians are ready to help keep you comfortable in every season with comprehensive heating and cooling services. For complete climate control, we can also perform an environmental assessment and install equipment to improve your indoor air quality. Contact us today to learn more about how we can improve the atmosphere in your home.