We’ve all been there before: you turn on your heater for the first day of winter and something doesn’t seem quite right. In many cases, you may smell something like burning, and begin to wonder what’s going on. This can be especially concerning if you are not a heating professional yourself, as you may worry that your home is on fire. However, there are many reasons why your heater may smell this way, some of which are completely harmless. Fortunately, you do not have to handle this situation on your own. Here is how we recommend you address this issue:

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Wait a Few Minutes – If this is the first time you’ve used your heater this winter, it’s likely that dust may have settled in the system while it was not being used. In this case, the dust will burn off in a matter of minutes and the smell should return to normal.
  • Clean Your Filter – In some cases, the burning smell may be coming from a clogged filter. If this is the case, simply replace your filter and the smell should go away.

Call Altman’s Cooling and Heating for a Professional Opinion

If the smell continues after following the above recommendations, your issue may be more serious. In this case, we highly recommend you give us a call so that one of our experienced technicians can get to the root of your problem.

In most cases, regular maintenance on your HVAC system will prevent concerns such as these. So, it can be helpful to schedule a checkup in the fall to ensure that your filters are clear, dust has not built up, and any foreign objects are removed from the system. When it comes to heating systems, prevention can be your best friend in ensuring that you do not have to worry.

Our team has proudly served the Titusville and New Smyrna Beach areas for over 30 years. This means that there’s no heating issue too large or too small for us to handle. So, before it gets to that point where you smell burning in your heating system, feel free to contact us. We’ll make sure your home is ready to keep you warm and cool, all year long.