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Why Does My Central Heater Have a Burning Smell?

Get QuickAir
12 Jun 2021
2 Min Read

Nothing can give you more comfort than a fully functional heater during the cold winter season. Sometimes, a small disruption of the heating system can even cause inconvenience and trouble for you. Understanding the cause of disruption can help you save time and money.

Does your heating system smell like burning?

The reason for a burning smell could be anything such as the need for a filter change or an overheated blower motor. Most importantly, your heater is more likely to smell if it is running after a long while. A professional heater technician can help determine the exact cause of the smell. Apart from that, it may be the right time to schedule a heater maintenance service. For this reason, it’s important to have your heater inspected professionally in order to determine the cause of the smell.

Here are some of the causes of burning smells caused by your furnace.

1) Burning dust smells

You may experience burning dust smells if your heater has not been operational for a long time. In this case, a burning dust smell is one of the most common. The unit collects dust over time, and it burns the dust as soon as you turn on your heating system. You do not need to worry about your central heater because the smell will dissipate sooner. However, call an HVAC technician immediately if the problem persists longer than an hour.

2) Burning of oil

If you experience any oily or smoky smell, the issue might be with the oil furnace. Changing the oil filter can help resolve the problem. However, it’s important to turn off your heating system immediately. If the problem persists even after changing the oil filter, call an HVAC technician from QuickAir to have your heater repaired professionally.

3) Overheating blower motor

Overheating the blower motor is one of the common central heating problems. When overheating begins, properly working heating systems should automatically be turned off.  Other than overheating the blower motor, other components or wiring problems can also lead to electrical burning smells. Turn off your heater to ensure everyone is safe in your home. Let the HVAC experts diagnose the problem and provide you with a cost-effective solution.

4) Burning plastic smells

When plastic burns, it can emit toxic fumes. For this reason, this cause is the most dangerous one. The best solution is to turn off the heater immediately and let a professional technician help you.  You should not leave the heater running because it can cause serious issues. A reliable HVAC service can help locate the object. Once it’s removed, your central heater will continue working like new.

Call QuickAir to diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently. Our expert technicians have the skills and expertise required to provide quality, reliable heating services. Our highly skilled technicians can diagnose the problem and provide a quick central heater repair; no matter if it smells like dust, oil, or plastic.

Don’t hesitate to call us today at 1300 730 896, and our experts will diagnose the exact cause of the heater smell and fix it!