3 Reasons Why Your Heater Smells

What’s that smell? If it’s coming from your heater or vents, the culprit could be a variety of issues with your ducts, your heating system, or your filters. If you notice a burning smell coming from your heater, it’s likely due to one of these three causes:


  • Burning dust. If you rarely use your heating system and you smell a burning scent when you turn it on, the source of the smell may be burning dust. When dust is left to accumulate over the summer (or over a few weeks of non-use), the dust is burned off when the heating system is first turned on. This burning smell is then pumped into your home. Leave your heater on for 30 minutes. If the smell does not dissipate, it’s likely coming from a more serious source, and you may need to call for heating repair in Mt. Laurel NJ.


  • A dirty filter. Your filter is responsible for catching all of the dirt, grime, and allergens that come into your home. It makes sense that if you haven’t changed your filter in a few months, this accumulation could become smelly and could be losing its effectiveness. Try changing your filter, and see if this solves the problem. Remember to change it again next year to save yourself a whole lot of trouble!


  • A more serious issue. If you smell something burning and changing the filter does not help, there is likely a part of your heater running unsafely. If you think that burning dust is not the cause of the smell in your home, you should turn the system off immediately and call our experts for professional HVAC repair.


Can’t locate the source of the odor in your home alone? We’ve got your back! Anyone in need of heating repair in Cherry Hill NJ is encouraged to call our team at A.M. Botte Mechanical, LLC. a call at 888-729-9215 for fast service.