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Turning on Your Myrtle Beach Heating System – Musty or Burning Odors

After having your Myrtle Beach heating system turned off for the warmer months of the year, you may notice a funny smell throughout your home when you need to turn the heat back on. This smell may last for a few hours until the system has a chance to replace all of the current air within your home with fresh air from the outdoors. Consider these three common reasons why your home could have a burning or slightly acrid smell after turning on your Myrtle Beach heating system for the first time during those first cool autumn nights.

Mold Growth

Change your filter to assure your Myrtle Beach heating system doesn't have mold circulating in your house.

If you notice a musty smell when you turn on your heating system for the first time in the season, it could be due to mold growth. Mold may grow from leftover moisture in your home’s humidifier. The mold can grow on the humidifier’s drum, pad, or filters. You can get rid of the mold with a diluted bleach or vinegar solution, or you could have your HVAC technician take care of it for you.

Blocked Chimney or Vent

A blockage in your chimney or furnace vent could cause a burning smell in your home when you first start up the heater. If there is smoke in the air along with the bad smell, this could be an emergency and you will need to contact a technician for prompt service. A blocked chimney or vent does not allow the waste products of gas combustion to leave your home. Your furnace may even shut itself down until the blockage is fixed.

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Dirty Filter

A smell of burning hair or dust could be the result of a dirty air filter. This is especially common if your home uses a heat pump for warmth. Since the heat pump works all year long, it could have developed a dirty filter during the summertime. We encourage all homeowners to change their AC filters every 30 days.

If you would like to schedule a fall cleaning of your Myrtle Beach heating system, contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. using our convenient form or call us today at 843-497-9867.

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