Don't Ignore This Furnace Sound or Smell



You hear some strange noises coming from the furnace but it doesn’t sound like anything too bad, so you leave it alone. You smell a strange scent coming from the furnace, but again, it doesn’t seem too bad, so you leave it alone. “Everything will be just fine,” right? Wrong. See below for one particular noise and one particular smell you should NEVER ignore:

Screeching Sounds

If you’ve ever heard a screeching noise, you know it’s not particularly easy on the ears. Well, it’s definitely not a good sound when it comes from the furnace either. Screeching could mean there’s something wrong with a certain bearing, the belt or the motor. In any case, a technician should be called in to make some adjustments or apply lubrication where it’s needed. Otherwise, you could be left without heat in the dead of winter.

Smell of Gas

Notice a gassy scent coming from the furnace? It could be the systems exhaust not venting properly or it could be the result of a leak in the heat exchanger which can be a very serious problem. Just like a gas leak anywhere else in the house, it can cause possible fires, explosions or even carbon monoxide poisoning. You’ll want to call in a professional right away to diagnose the problem and get it fixed before it’s too late.

That’s where we come in! If you experience any issues with your home’s heating system this season, don’t hesitate to call on the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the Minneapolis - St. Paul area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!