Anyone who lives in Prospect, KY understands the importance of furnaces during winter. However, if your furnace starts giving off the smell of rotten eggs, these are the possible reasons.

Gas Leak

If you notice this odor in your home, act immediately, as you may be dealing with a gas leak from within the furnace. Turn off the unit immediately, whether the smell comes from the vents or the furnace itself.

Natural gas is highly combustible. It’s also toxic. It can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and fatigue.

If you suspect that there’s a gas leak, get your family out of the house and seek help as soon as possible. Remember, under no circumstance should you light a fire because natural gas is extremely flammable.

Damaged Gas Line

Another cause of the rotten egg smell in your furnace is a faulty gas line. A damaged gas line can make the area around your furnace smell like sulfur.

Failed Heat Exchanger

When the furnace smells like rotten eggs, it may also mean the heat exchanger has failed. This is true for high-efficiency furnaces.

A faulty heat exchanger can interfere with your winter heating and your safety. If your heat exchanger has a crack, your family is in greater danger of being poisoned with leaking gas. A failed heat exchanger can also cause deteriorated thermal performance and high energy consumption.

What You Need to Do

As mentioned above, a furnace smelling like rotten eggs indicates a gas leak or a faulty heat exchanger. The number one thing you should do in this case is to call us. One of our technicians will inspect, service and repair your furnace.

We aim to ensure customers in Prospect, KY have the optimal home comfort they deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact Birkhead Co. for all your HVAC maintenance needs.

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