Is a Burning Smell Normal When I Turn on the Heater?

What makes heaters generate a burning smell

The most obvious reason is that the heater is burning through a layer of dust and debris. This problem is common for homes where ACs do not have air filters. As the debris accumulates in the system, the heater will have to burn through them to become efficient. Eventually, the smell will be distributed throughout the house.

Another possible reason is that your heater is overheating. As heaters get old, they become less efficient, and some parts begin to wear out. The wearing out may result in a burning smell. Or worse, the heater could be on fire, spreading out to all the electricals, causing the house to catch fire. If you get the burning smell, you should turn it off immediately and contact CLF Services, your Brisbane Electrician for help.

If smoke is coming out of the vents, this is another trigger to turn the heater off immediately and seek professional help. You can also disconnect the heater from the powerpoint to prevent any further risk of fire.

Plastic or rubber smell

A plastic or rubber smell could mean that a plastic or foreign object is trapped in the heater, turn the heater off in this instance also as seek repairs.

A sharp electrical smell

A sharp electrical smell that is accompanied by the scent of burning metals could mean that a part of the heater is overheating or the heat exchanger is cracking. A cracked heat exchanger could potentially seep carbon monoxide into the house which can be extremely damaging to your health.

Seek expert help

Whenever you experience any heater problem, you need to seek instant help. CLF Services, your Brisbane Electricians are available 24/7 to help you fix the problem. Safety begins by contacting us, and we will respond promptly.