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Is Your Heat Pump Making Your Home Smell Bad?

Your heat pump in Anthem, NV, shouldn’t produce any smells during operation. Unusual odors are an indication that something is wrong and needs an immediate fix.

Burning Odors

A burning smell may sometimes be a cause for alarm. If you haven’t used your heat pump for a month or two, the burning smell may be coming from dust burning off the heating elements. This smell should subside over time and is nothing to worry about.

However, if you’ve recently had your system serviced and the smell persists, it could be a sign of an electrical issue or a component starting to fail. This can create an unsafe environment in your home, so you’ll want to have a qualified service specialist inspect it right away.

Musty Odors

Musty odors may indicate that there are biological contaminants in the ductwork or elsewhere within the heat pump system. Such pathogens are dangerous for your health; therefore, you need a qualified HVAC service specialist to immediately identify the source and recommend solutions for getting rid of them safely.

Rotten Eggs Smell

When you can smell sulfur (akin to a rotten egg), you may have a gas leak. And since heat pumps don’t run on natural gas, maybe a small animal crawled inside your duct for warmth and died in there. While this is unpleasant, it isn’t dangerous. Turn off your system and call a service specialist to clean and remove the source of the odor.

Rotten Fish Smell

The repulsive rotten fish smell is an indication that some components of your heat pump are overheating. It could be the fan motor, insulation or compressor. If you smell this odor, turn off the system immediately to avoid further damage or a fire hazard.

Remember: safety first. Don’t ignore bad smells coming from your heat pump. If you live in or around Anthem, NV, call Johnny On The Spot right away for repair and maintenance services.

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