It happens every Fall: The temperature falls and you finally relent and turn on the heat.

Then you smell that smell – and worry sets in.

Often, it’s nothing to be concerned about. When your heating system is not used for long periods of time, dust can collect on the heat exchanger, baseboard, radiator and the air ducts. When the furnace is turned on, the dust burns off and releases an odor. This smell should disappear in a few hours. If the problem persists, contact our trained technicians at W.H. Riley & Son at (508) 699-4651 or (508) 822-1282.

There are times, though, when you should NOT ignore an odor.

If you notice an odd burn smell when the heat turns on, it may be a sign that your furnace needs maintenance.  It could be something as minor as a dirty filter, but it could also be a serious problem like a broken electrical component in the furnace. Don’t ignore it.

W.H. Riley’s technicians have decades of experience installing and repairing heating systems in Southeastern Massachusetts.  We offer 24-hour coverage if your heating system breaks down and a service plan that includes an annual inspection and tune up. We’ll clean your heating system and replace your filters, reducing your worries of a mid-winter breakdown.

Because going without heat is far worse than a little odor.