It’s the first cold snap of the year. You turn on the heater and - BAM! - there’s the waft of dusty air billowing out of your vents. You immediately Google, “our furnace smells like burning,” because nothing says self-preservation like calmly typing on your phone when the house is on fire. But it’s not a fire. You’ve been here before. Every year this happens. And yet...your mind starts racing:
Is that...dirt? Is that...normal? Did I just hear something strange? Oh, no! It’s demons coming in through the basement! Is that sulfur, like fire and brimstone sulfur, like the Hell smell? Usually that’s only at night in the movies. You don’t react outwardly because you don’t want the others in your house to know you’re freaking out. Wait, our house smells like burning dirt? Whew, I bet it’s just dust being burned out of the system.
You’re right. No need to call the Pentacostal preacher about the demons. And might we also say that in the future, if you think you have a life-threatening problem, you might want to call a good HVAC company like Schnelle Heating & Air instead of reading blogs, lol. But since we’re both here…let’s talk about other smells for a minute.
|That’s nothing to play around with, because it could be very dangerous. Turn off the heater, leave the house or building immediately, and call Schnelle Heating & Air if you live near Joplin, MO. If you don’t know of a good HVAC company or they aren’t available that time of day, call the gas company.|
|Could be a lot of things, but a good HVAC company can quickly diagnose the situation and, if applicable, remedy the problem. The most common cause of electrical smell is a faulty blower motor, but because it could also be other serious causes, turn off the heater, leave the house, and call your HVAC company.|
|Not a worry. It’s common for the furnace to give off a dusty smell, especially during the first use of the season. The smell will go away shortly. If the smell does not go away, the system may need to be cleaned by a professional.|
|Often this is a symptom of a foreign object making its way into the HVAC system, like a toy or anything plastic. We can help with that.|
|Replacing the air filter is a good place to start. If that doesn’t help, you may have mold or mildew present, or your son doesn’t know how to wash his clothes. (He can play video games more complex than a space shuttle, but he’s stymied by the mechanics of a washing machine.)|
So, your fears of burning dust should be abated. But with that smell, any other smell, or any other HVAC problem, Schnelle Heating & Air has the experience, skill, resources, and eagerness to help. Contact us for any Heating and Air issues and give us a chance to show you how committed we are to being the best, most helpful HVAC company, with the strongest customer relationships in the Joplin, Missouri area.