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November 1, 2019

Furnace Smells Like Burning Dust: What to Do

furnace smells like burning dust

A burning smell is always cause for concern, but it’s even worse when that smoldering scent isn’t coming from your toaster but from the furnace. Burning dust, clogged filters, and electrical fires can all cause your heating equipment to make a stink. At Gold Star Services, our team will use advanced tools to diagnose and resolve your HVAC issues promptly. If your furnace smells like burning dust, turn to our pros for expert advice and reliable answers.

Besides HVAC repair, we also offer installation, replacement, and maintenance services for a wide range of heating, cooling, and air treatment systems. Contact us today at 1-302-485-1649 to find out more.

My Furnace Smells Like Burning Dust!

Let’s explore a few reasons your furnace smells like burning dust:

  1. Your Furnace Is Actually Burning Dust

During the summer season, your furnace sits dormant. As a result, the system can collect some dust and debris. When you first turn on your furnace during the colder months, the dust collected in the device can catch fire, causing your unit to emit a burning smell.

This can be prevented by taking steps listed in our personalized maintenance checklists. It usually isn’t a cause for concern unless the furnace is extremely dusty. Once the unit has burned the dust, the smell will dissipate.

  1. Your Air Filters Are Clogged

When your air filters are clogged, the furnace’s blower has to work harder. This causes the unit to overheat, which can lead to a burning smell. To prevent this, you should replace the filters – or clean them, if your unit is equipped with reusable filters – on a regular basis. The pros at Gold Star Services can review your usage and heating needs to create an air filter replacement schedule to ensure your unit is always operating at peak performance.

  1. Your Fan Motor Is Overheating

Take a sniff: Does your unit smell like burning dust or more like gunpowder? If it’s the latter, your fan motor may be overheating. If you notice a gunpowder smell, it’s important to switch off the device immediately and call in an expert to assess your system.

Speak to Experts in HVAC Today

If your furnace smells like burning dust, it’s time to seek help from the pros at Gold Star Services. We will visit your home at a time that best suits your busy schedule, and work to ensure your system is repaired in record time. More than 92% of our calls are completed on the same visit! Call 1-302-485-1649 to speak to one of our comfort specialists.

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