As soon as you turn on the heat, do you notice a burning smell? You’re not the only one who deals with this unpleasant smell. While this can be problematic in some cases, chances are it may be something that can be fixed either by you or a HVAC technician. A list of likely reasons may help you determine what’s wrong with your air conditioning system.
Figuring out that you need to replace a malfunctioning heater is not fun—especially if you’ve already turned it on (because you need it due to cold weather). However, if you watch for signs that your system needs repair (or eventually replacement) before you need to turn the heat on, you may be able to prevent a complete system breakdown.
Even though we live in south Florida, we do experience winter weather (these past few weeks, for example). We might be experiencing warmer weather than the majority of the country right now, but it is still colder than recent winters have been—meaning homeowners are turning on their heating systems, particularly at night as the temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s. And doing so when you have been simply turning the AC off (instead of switching to Heating Mode) in previous years affects your bottom line.
Although electric furnaces are not as common as heat pumps and natural gas furnaces, they are more common in south Florida than in colder areas of the nation. Generally, electric furnaces are not as efficient or powerful as natural gas furnaces, but living in a tropical climate means that homes don’t have the same heating needs as northern homes. Because there are no gas lines and many homeowners consider them “easy” heating system solutions, maintenance visits are often skipped or postponed. However, it’s important to remember to schedule your system’s maintenance service visit annually to ensure your system remains reliable and efficient.