Gas Smell in Oil

Odors, Gas Odor, Oil Odor, burning smell, damp odor, musty odor
August 1, 2013 – 09:35 am
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Commonly Reported HVAC Problems:

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HVAC Related Odors:

Odor problems can be as serious as a gas leak or as simple as a dirty air filter. But keep in mind, a good mechanic doesn't just use his hands. He uses his ears and nose - all his senses.melted furnace wire Unusual odors can indicate a serious problem and should not, I repeat, should not be ignored!

Odor complaints are very common in the heating and air conditioning field. One unusual complaint, is the smell of dirty socks, and this only applies to heat pump systems. It's known as "Dirty Sock Syndrome". For more information on this topic, click the button below.

sooted gas furnace exhaustOtherwise, there are many different types of odors and different causes, but for the most part they can be broken down into the five different categories listed below.

Electrical Odor...

Electrical odors are usually caused by parts overheating. Indoor blower motors are a common example.oil leak from filter canister causing odor If there is a mechanical failure; such as the bearings seizing up, then the motor over-heats and the insulation on the wires and the motor windings themselves start to melt, causing the odor.

Sometimes loose electrical connections cause wires or plastic relays to overheat, causing electrical odors.

It is possible for a very dirty air filter to cause the odor. If the airflow is restricted enough, it could cause electric resistance heaters to overheat, even burn-out.

If you smell an electrical odor, check your air filter.oil burner If it is not blocked, shut the equipment off at the breaker if possible, and call for service.

Burning Odor...

This is similar to an electrical odor only worse. It is also sometimes accompanied by smoke. Once again, this can be caused by parts or wiring burning-up.

It can also be debri such as plastic getting into the ductwork and melting on the electric resistance heaters or heat exchanger.

If you smell a burning odor, check your air filter. If it is not blocked, shut the equipment off at the breaker if possible, and call for service.

Gas Odor...

First of all, if you really smell gas and suspect a gas leak, you should open the windows and get out of the house immediately. Then call the gas company.

Now excluding that "worse-case" scenario, if you notice an odor that smells like gas and it seems to be coming out of the supply vents, it usually isn't gas. Sometimes dust that settles on the heat exchanger during the summer months burns off at the beginning of each heating season, and it smell just like gas.

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