House smells like smoke but there is no fire: Why and what to do.

As the weather in Colorado begins to cool, you may decide to turn on your heater for the first time in what seems like an eternity. You immediately detect a strong burning smell, which raises your suspicions that something is on fire! Don’t get too worked up over it; there are a few reasons why this could be happening.

Dusty Furnace

Dust can accumulate on your furnace, which is one of the most prevalent causes of a burning odor. This is common in hotter climates when the furnace is turned off for months at a time, such as Colorado. The dust that has built in your furnace will begin to burn off when you switch it on for the first time in months, giving off that awful burning smell. The odor will spread throughout your home through the vents, but there is no need to be concerned. The odor will dissipate after a short time. If the problem persists, switch off the heater and contact an HVAC professional to analyze the matter.

Debris in Furnace

A foreign object (such as a child’s toy) may have made its way into your heating unit if you smell burning plastic or rubber. First, try to figure out which vent is causing the odor. If there’s something blocking the vent, try relocating it to see if the scent goes away. If the smell persists, contact a local HVAC specialist to determine the source, and remember to turn off your system!

Dirty Filter

It’s easy to forget to replace your air filter, even though it’s suggested that you do it every 1-2 months. Your air filter can become blocked if you wait too long to replace it. As a result, your furnace will work overtime to force more air through it. The scent could be caused by a combination of the furnace overheating and the excess dust burning from the filter.

Damaged Electrical Wiring

If your heater emits a burning electrical odor, it could be a sign that you have a significant electrical problem. Rather than waiting for this to happen, have an experienced technician inspect your heater and fix the problem. If you delay, you risk further harm to your system as well as the possibility of an electrical fire. If you don’t maintain your HVAC system on a regular basis, you’re increasing your chances of it breaking down. Make sure to schedule today to avoid any system breakdowns or malfunctions.

Still haven’t figured out what’s causing the burning odor? Simply give us a call today and we’ll be happy to assist you with your questions.

Whatever occurs, Victory Cooling Heating will be there for you. We have skilled technicians on staff standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (yes, even on holidays!) to assist you if an issue develops. Make certain your home is warm and inviting throughout the year. To reclaim your comfort, call Victory Cooling and Heating Experts today.