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Why Does My Heater Smell Like It's Burning?

Homeowners will experience a few funky indoor smells every now and then. However, if the odor comes from your heating system, it may indicate an issue. Your heater may release an occasional odd burning smell, but the scent should not persist for long periods.

Barker’s Heating & Cooling has been committed to our College Station community since 1974! Our team of professionals wants to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the peak of the winter season. Read ahead to learn why your furnace is creating a burning smell and how a professional can correct the issue.

Causes For A Burning Smell From Heater

A technician should inspect your heater if you smell something constantly burning. Your unit can’t vocally speak to you, but it will show signs if a problem is present. There are a few reasons for this odor, some of which can cause issues if ignored.

Dust Is Accumulating Within The Unit

When the Texas summer reaches its peak, you don’t have a need for your heating system. Since the unit isn’t used for a few months, dust and debris can build up on the machinery. Once you turn your system on for the winter, it will burn the dust away as it operates.

The burning odor shouldn’t continue for more than ten minutes. If the smell doesn’t decrease over time, you may need professional assistance. This situation may signal a different issue with the unit.

Your System Has An Electrical Issue

A constant burning odor can occur from an electrical malfunction in your heater. Your unit will experience wear and tear over time, which can damage its wiring. Poor installation can also cause electrical problems that produce an unpleasant smell.

If the error is not corrected, your system may experience more damage to its other components. The risk of house fires can also increase, putting the members of your home at risk. A professional can repair the wiring in your system before it creates a severe issue.

Something Is Lodged In The Ducts Or Vents

When plastic and rubber burn, it creates a very apparent smell. Objects can occasionally get stuck in your vents or ductwork, causing them to overheat. These materials can produce toxic fumes and other harmful odors when they burn, putting your health at risk. A professional can help you discover the source of the smell if you can’t find the object in your system.

Other Dangerous Heater Smells

Your heater shouldn’t produce any strange smells. It’s crucial to monitor your heater for any abnormalities for your safety. Different odors can indicate a variety of problems, a few of which are:

  • A rotten egg odor signals a gas leak.
  • Mold and mildew growth may produce a musty scent.
  • A cracked heat exchanger creates a chemical smell.
  • The smell of burnt fuel can be an issue with the burners.
  • Blocked ductwork causes a smoky odor.

You should always trust your senses, but especially your sense of smell! If you notice any strange scents coming from your unit, don’t ignore them. An HVAC technician can inspect your system to ensure it’s working efficiently.

Keep Warm With Heater Repair In College Station

When something’s amiss with your heating system, don’t try to power through the cold! Barker’s Heating & Cooling is the HVAC company you can trust with all your heating needs. Keep your College Station home comfortable by contacting us today to schedule your next heater repair.

Why Choose Barker's?

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You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year.
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If we do not have your new system operating by the date promised, we will pay you $500 for your inconvenience.
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We guarantee that the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated, or we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very Professional

Chandler did an excellent job checking out our heat pump. He was very professional, communicated well, was responsive to our questions and I was very happy with everything he did.

Steve M.

Honest and Trustworthy

Our AC went out during a late summer heatwave. Called Barkers and Victor worked very hard to get the outside unit up and running. Two hours later we conceded to the death of a 29 yo unit. Victor notified the office the next morning, and within 24 hours we had a complete new system installed, and the house cooled by the time I got home from work. Highly recommend. Honest and trustworthy.

Susan H.

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We were impressed by this company from the first phone call. Reed was an exceptional young man; very personable and professional. The installation team of Mike, John and Cody did an excellent job. Barker’s is a business with high standards and we are very satisfied with everything about them. So glad we found this company!

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