When Strange Smells Won't Leave The Heater


If you're starting up the heater after months (or even weeks) of inactivity, it's understandable that the smell of burning dust could fill the air for a few minutes. If the smell keeps going for longer than an hour, there's a problem. A smell problem in the middle of regular use is also concerning, as the danger of something getting into the heat source and filters could lead to some serious health threats. A few inspection and troubleshooting points can help you track down the source of the problem and provide a fix or repair as soon as possible.

Fused Filter Failure

For any heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) device, clearing the path is a must. When smells are persistent, you'll need to clear out any dust or debris that is easily accessible. If that doesn't solve the problem, inspect the filter carefully.

Some people may throw out the old filter and put in a new filter, only to find the same old problem plaguing their air quality. Instead, look for any substances that could be fused against the filter. Your problem may be easily found there.

If you notice a sticky residue, colored resin or any burnt substance that doesn't seem to be part of the filter, start looking around the heater area. There may be a spill or slow leak in the immediate vicinity.

Some insects may release foul chemicals for nest building or self-defense. As warm areas may be a great breeding ground for certain pests, it's important to consider pest control for the problem. Make sure to inspect the heating area from the floor to the walls to the ceiling for any infestation that could be taking sanctuary within the heating system.

If you put in a new filter while these problems exist, you'll just end up with another ruined filter. If you're unsure of the extent of the problem, a heater repair professional can look deeper inside the heating system and give suggestions such as pest control or professional cleaning.

Searching Ductwork For Melted Materials

Your heating duct may be suffering the same problem as a fused filter, but the problem may be harder to find. If you have central air and a system of ducts that goes all throughout the building, you'll need to contact a heating repair professional that can examine the system from top to bottom.

Heating duct troubleshooting is no small task. Maintenance, replacement or removal all require specific knowledge of how to assemble ducts, proper sealing techniques and safety measures when exploring potentially hazardous, closed space. 

Before exploring on your own, contact a heating repair professional, like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc, to get the inspect done safely and efficiently.


31 March 2015

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