At Cogburn’s Heating and Air, one of the most predictable questions we will get at the beginning of the fall/winter season is, “I just turned on my heating unit and I am getting a really bad burning smell. Is there something wrong?”
The good news is that unpleasant odor you smell when the heat is first turned on is probably not serious. Since the heating unit has been inactive for months, dust builds up in the system. When the unit is first turned on, the dust particles burn off, emitting the burning smell. Generally, this goes away within a few minutes. If you have an attic fan, it helps to turn it on for a while when you first switch on the heat. Raising the windows for a short time also aids in eliminating the foul burning odor. And, it is always a good idea to install a new air filter just prior to turning on the heat.
If you continue to notice the unpleasant scent over an extended period, it would be wise to turn it off and call us. The cause could be faulty heating components or debris may be trapped in your system. And, if your fire alarms go off when the system comes on, don’t assume there is not a problem. Call 911 and switch off your systems as you exit the home.
The safest and most cost effective thing for homeowners to do is to schedule a heating system check before the really cool weather moves in. By calling us at Cogburn’s we can make sure your heating system is safe and tuned up for the greatest efficiency. We have been serving our customers in the greater Denton area since 1999. We are committed to providing the most professional, punctual and friendly service in the area. And, we never charge additional fees no matter when you call.
With cool weather moving in, why not call us today? You can reach us at 866-523-8762.