Do You Smell That? Common Heating System Odors

November 5, 2017

A heating system is crucial, especially, during the winter when you need a better indoor experience. However, the regular use of the system means that regular maintenance and repairs are necessary to keep the system in a proper working condition. A poorly maintained system may develop certain odors, which may necessitate remedial actions. This article explores a few most common odors as follows:

Rotten Egg Smell

A rotten egg or sulfur smell in your heating system typically implies a natural gas leak. Remember, because natural gas has no smell, a sulfur-based substance is added to it to help in detecting any leaks. Because gas leakage may result in a fire outbreak, it is advisable to properly ventilate your house when you detect a gas leak before calling a heating system expert to address the problem.

Dirty Socks Odor

The smell of dirty socks on your heating system may be due to bacterial build-up. To address this problem, you may first replace the air filter to see if the odor subsides. If the odor persists, contacting a heating system expert to clean the system’s blower assembly, evaporator coil, or ductwork accordingly may be necessary for eliminating the odor.

Burnt Metallic Smell

This may occur when the blower motor of the system overheats. A malfunctioning motor overheats easily and may burn off the system’s wiring insulation. Because this may cause a fire, you need to disconnect the system from the power supply and seek the help of a professional.

Heating system odors may indicate serious underlying system problems that may cause a fire outbreak if not addressed. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the help of a heating system expert to help remedy the problem as soon as you detect the smell. Norman Aire Services, Inc, is a company that offers full heating and air conditioning services in Dallas. The company boasts a team of heating system experts that will assess your appliance and offer an appropriate solution to prevent any hazardous consequences. Call (972) 608-3228 to speak with an expert from Norman Air Services.


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