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Why Does My Furnace Smell?

From time to time, your furnace may give off various smells. When this happens, it’s important to get your furnace inspected right away to ensure your safety and the effectiveness of your heating system. Read the GAC Services blog to find out what each smell could indicate, and how to best resolve each possible issue.

Your Furnace Smells Like Rotten Eggs

If you notice your furnace smells like rotten eggs, this probably indicates a gas leak. A lot of gas companies will scent their gas with an unpleasant odor so it’s easily detectable. Because gas leaks can be dangerous, it’s important to turn the furnace off immediately, open up the windows, and call your gas company. They may need to turn the gas off before your furnace is repaired.

Your Furnace has a Metallic Smell

If your furnace smells like burning wires, or you notice a metallic smell, this could mean certain components of the furnace are overheating. It could also indicate that some of the parts in the furnace are actually burning due to old age. Shut off your furnace and contact a heating and cooling expert. If you live in Maryland, Contact GAC Services. We will send one of our professionals out to inspect your furnace and replace any damaged parts.

Your Furnace Smells Like Burning Dust

In most cases, if you smell burning dust coming from your furnace, this indicates that the furnace is burning away any dust that has accumulated since it was last turned on. The smell should go away in a few hours. If the dusty burning smell doesn’t go away, contact GAC Services for furnace repairs. We’ll get your furnace back in working condition in no time so you can enjoy the warmth of your Maryland home all winter long.

Furnace Repair in Maryland

GAC Services offers furnace repair throughout Montgomery County and Frederick County, Maryland. If you live in the Gaithersburg or Frederick areas—or any of their surrounding communities—contact us to schedule furnace repair!


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