What’s That Burning Smell Coming From My Heater?

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It’s December in Florida, and while temperatures are still finding their way into the 80s every now and then, the Sunshine State does experience some chilly lows from time to time. If you’re like the average Floridian, chances are you only use the ‘heat’ setting on your thermostat every so often, so that burning smell coming from your air vents may be making you a little nervous.

What Causes that Burning Smell?

If your heater is producing a burning smell, don’t fret just yet. Here are some things to consider before calling a technician:

Dust: If this is the first time you’ve turned on your heater in a while, the burning smell is likely just dust. When your heater isn’t used for extended periods of time, dust settles atop of the unit. When the unit is turned on, dust is stirred up and burned off, creating the burning smell. This isn’t a cause for concern and the smell should dissipate once the dust has burned off.

Dirty Filter: A dirty filter can allow dust to move throughout your HVAC system and can also cause a burning smell. Make sure you start off the winter season with a new air filter!

How to Avoid That Burning Smell

While burning smells emitted from your HVAC system may not be entirely worrisome, you should begin doing some routine maintenance checks to keep your HVAC system working as effectively as possible. Here are some ways you can prevent that burning smell and get your system ready for this winter:

Change the Filter: Changing the filter is a quick and easy way to ensure that your air conditioning systems stays in tiptop shape.

Schedule a Maintenance Checkup: One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to schedule a maintenance checkup. One of our trained technicians will thoroughly inspect your system and clean any dust or residue, which will help eliminate any burning smell.

If you’re still unsure of what is causing the burning smell in your HVAC system, call a professional at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo. A persistent, burning smell may be indicative of a bigger problem, so don’t wait. One of our trained technicians will quickly diagnose and repair any issue your system may be having. To learn more about One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo and what we can do for your home, click here, or contact us today.