Complete Comfort Heating & Cooling has some advice for homeowners in Nebraska. Founded in 1998, Complete Comfort is an award-winning HVAC company that services the Omaha metro area. 

Furnace Smells Like It's Burning When First Turned On.

If you notice an odd burning smell when the heat turns on, it may be a sign that your furnace needs maintenance.  It could be something as minor as dust on the heat exchanger or a dirty filter, but it could also be a serious problem like a broken electrical component in the furnace. Don’t ignore it. Try to find the source of the odor to avoid costly repairs in the future.

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What causes the smell of burning dust? 

When your furnace is not used for long periods of time, dust can collect on the heat exchanger and in the air ducts. When the furnace is turned on, the dust burns off and releases an odor.

It is normal for the dust to burn off when the heater is turned on for the first time in the winter season and not a cause for too much concern. This smell should disappear in just a couple of hours. If the problem persists, check your air filters. This phenomenon is more common for older furnace systems.  

What causes musty odors?

When you turn on your furnace for the first time each year, it may smell like a damp basement or like dirt or dust. The musty odor comes from dust and dirt collecting in the air ducts, which gets blown throughout your home when the furnace turns on. If this smell persists throughout the heating season, it could mean you need to change the air filter.

A musty smell could also indicate that mold is trapped on the furnace filter, A/C coil, or on the humidifier panel if you have one. 

Complete Comfort recommends changing out your furnace filters every month. For older furnace equipment, you may not see the benefits of purchasing an expensive furnace filter. In fact, in some cases, an expensive filter may cause additional problems. Complete Comfort recommends purchasing an inexpensive filter. If you have questions or have someone in your who suffers from allergies, please contact a service technician for guidance on your individual situation. 

Protect Your Family

When it comes to your family, you want a company you can trust and a dependable HVAC system that provides you with value as well as comfort. At Complete Comfort their motto of “Don’t Worry About It, We’ll Take Care of It” rings true with every customer! We are your home for quality and dependable HVAC repair and installation in Omaha. Serving the Omaha area since 1998, they look forward to helping you with your air conditioning, heating, and geothermal needs. Their technicians are trained to leave the area they are working in cleaner than when they found it! Their team is trained to help you with the sales, service, and installation of the comfort system that is ideal for your home or business. Whether it’s a new installation or routine service, their factory-trained technicians provide the expertise your comfort depends on.

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