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Why Does My Furnace Smell Bad?

October 25, 2018 | Blog

Smelly Furnace? Here’s What Those Smells May Mean!

Furnace smells like gas.

If your system is a natural gas system and smells like rotten eggs/sulfur, this is a call for quick action: This can mean you may have a natural gas leak. Please make sure you have everyone and pets leave the house. Call your gas company to come check for a gas leak!

Furnace smells like a dead animal.

If you have a dead animal smell: Check you ductwork to see if a rodent has made its way into the ventilation or inside the air handler itself. Call us and we can check this for you when we do your fall tune-up.

Furnace smells like burning plastic.

If you have an electric system and it smells like hot metal burning or burning plastic: This could be cause for alarm. In older units the wiring can cause this smell. We can also check this during your fall tune-up.

Furnace smells musty.

If you smell a dirty sock, burning or dusty smell: These are usually common odors for start-up of the system in the fall, normally caused by dust and mold burning out of the vents and off the coil. The smell should stop within a few minutes. We suggest getting the coil cleaned (if needed) and filters changed prior to starting up your unit for the first time each fall to prevent as much of this smell as possible, especially if you have allergies.

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Tanner was our service tech. Our heat quit on a Friday night and I called Absolute Comfort Air on Saturday morning. Tanner came to our home about an hour and a half after my phone call and diagnose the problem, explained the circumstances, and gave me a detailed quote. He then proceeded to make the repair.  He worked steadily and had us up and running in a couple of hours. Tanner was very polite, explained things in detail, and answered my questions very patiently. Thank you for a job well done.

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Alex not only got my HVAC back up and running he also checked the outside unit. Alex is polite, thorough and professional. I sure hope if I am in need of HVAC work to be done Alex Vang is the tech that is assigned to me again.

Diane C.

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Wanted to tell you that your Rep Tanner who serviced my home on 1/5/22, and I give him a 5 Star review. He was very courteous, professional, and took the time to explain all of what he did. If I can’t have Devin, I’ll take Tanner anytime.

Richard K.

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I had a service technician by the name of Tanner visit my house today and go through a check list of all the components of my HVAC and found everything to be good and working at it’s best. He was very professional, courteous, and explained everything to me when he completed his work so I could understand it all. I would recommend Tanner to preform any and all maintenance required to anyone’s system.

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Tanner is courteous, helpful, informative, knowledgeable, and polite. He has completed 3 seasonal HVAC inspections and 1 motor replacement. He thoroughly explains what he did, what he’s looking for, and reasoning for his justifications. He is always on time and even remembers unique cases related to my system. I highly recommend Tanner and absolute comfort air!

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