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Why Your Furnace Smells And What to Do About It

October 8, 2021

Why Your Furnace Smells And What to Do About It


Autumn is a lovely time of year in Toronto, with comfortable temperatures during the day and a chill during the nighttime hours. Whether you’ve fired up your furnace for the first time, or you’ve already had it running, an unusual odor is always cause for concern. Below are five smells coming from your furnace that you shouldn’t ignore and what you should do about it.

Dirty Socks

If you smell dirty socks, it doesn’t always mean it’s time to do laundry. It happens when bacteria build up in your furnace coils due to a moist environment. It occurs when your furnace cools and reheats repeatedly, which creates condensation. When you have a moist environment, it causes bacteria to grow, which affects the quality of your indoor air. A clean home environment is one of the reasons why furnace maintenance in Toronto is so important.

Dust

When you turn on your furnace for the first time in the heating season, it’s normal for it to produce a musty or dusty odor. You can either remove the dust before you turn on your furnace, or you can let the furnace burn away the dust. If you find that the smell persists, you can schedule furnace maintenance in the Greater Toronto Area with our team at A-Plus Quality.

Ozone or Electrical Burning

As your furnace ages, it’s normal for it to draw additional electricity. However, this results in excessive heat building up in the motor, which then melts away your wire insulation. As a result, this causes sparks, produces electrical shorts, which risks starting a fire in your home. When you call us for your HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, you can rely on us to take care of your electrical problems safely.

Rotten Eggs

Natural gas has no odor of its own, which is why gas companies add in a chemical to help keep people safe. When you smell rotten eggs, this is indicative of a gas leak, and you should immediately leave your home and call emergency services before calling a professional.

While you may find that encountering some of these odors to be unusual, don’t be afraid of calling for local HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area. A-Plus Quality is here for all your heating and cooling needs, including furnace maintenance in Toronto and nearby regions. Contact us today!

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FAQ

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • How do I know what size unit I need?
    If you have any problems with your system, you should contact the contractor who installed the units. All our systems are covered by a 5 year parts, 7 year compressor limited warranty
     
  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

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