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Gas Furnace Vancouver WA

Buying a reliable heating system is only half the job. It is equally important to find a suitable placement for that unit in your home. And if you want it to perform optimally and last for years, you’ve also got to take care of several other issues before setting it up.

Miller’s Heating is a full-service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor that serves Vancouver WA, and nearby areas with quality and cost-effective electric and gas furnace installations. Our specialists are here to help you prepare for the winter.

Want to know 5 things to know before installing a gas furnace in your Vancouver Washington home? Want to know more about gas furnace installation?

Read on for some expert guidance.

 

Gas Furnace Vancouver WA

Why Choose a Gas Furnace?

Here are a few convincing reasons why you should switch to gas furnaces:

Saves Money

Here’s a fun fact: a gas furnace will minimize your overall heating costs by a significant margin of 70% based on the power you’re shifting and furnace efficiency. Compared to natural gas, other furnaces such as oil, propane, and electricity are costlier.

With time, the cost of running these furnaces will increase substantially, especially electric furnaces. However, if you’ve got a gas furnace, not only will it provide adequate heat to your home in winter but also saves enough money on utility bills.

Enhances Efficiency

Unlike electric furnaces that consume a lot of power, a gas furnace is 98% efficient and effective. By installing A Gas Furnace In Vancouver home, high efficiency means low energy bills and higher savings.

Ensures Comfort

A gas furnace is an effective home heating device that provides warm air at approx. 110+ degrees. Since it’s hotter than body temperature, it makes your home cozy and warm instantly. In addition to that, many gas furnaces won’t stop working even if faced with a sudden power outage. Not to mention, these appliances are reliable, designed to last long.

Eco-Friendly

A major benefit of gas furnace appliances in homes is that they’re environment-friendly because they are run with clean-burning fuel. As a result, they’re less damaging to the atmosphere than other fuel types such as wood, oil, or even electricity generated from fossil fuels.

Increased Home Value

Let’s admit it, a gas furnace in a home increases its value considerably. If you’ve got a doubt, ask around any professional real estate agent, and they will unquestionably tell you how prospective buyers ask about the availability of gas when looking for homes in the US. Everybody wants convenience, comfort, and above all, reduced heating bills.

Things You Should Know About Gas Furnace Installation In Vancouver

 

Gas Furnace Installation In Vancouver

Ready to install a gas furnace in your home?

Here are five things you should consider before you do that:

Size Matters Before Installing A Gas Furnace In Vancouver Homes

Before installing the unit in your home, ensure it’s the right size. Opting for the correct-sized unit is crucial because it won’t operate efficiently if the size is not right.

Many homeowners have a misconception that buying the largest furnace will heat their homes most efficiently and effectively; however, this is far from the truth. In fact, sometimes the opposite can be true!

Wondering how to choose the right size gas furnace for your home? Well, the appropriate size is based on several factors, such as the place/region where you live and your house’s square footage. Make sure you pick the right furnace by working with professional contractors at Miller’s Heating to help you find the right unit for your home needs.

Ducts And Air Vents Must Be Inspected

Purchasing an energy-efficient model for your house is a great decision; however, it’s not sufficient enough to achieve optimal efficiency. In fact, there’s still much work to do!

Before setting up the gas furnace, it’s better to let your professional HVAC technician check the ductwork and air vents in your house. This is vital primarily because ductwork and air vents jammed with debris and dirt will cause the unit to work less efficiently.

Similarly, ductwork that isn’t sealed correctly will cause the house to waste energy. Similarly, ductwork that isn’t sealed correctly will cause the house to waste energy, due to which almost 45% of your house’s energy will be wasted because of duct leakage. This is why it’s a good idea to call a technician to clean and seal your ducts before installing the gas furnace.  (can we rephrase one of these sentences, so they don’t’ start so similarly?)

Miller’s Heating provides effective cleaning and sealing services in Vancouver and associated areas. Our sealing offers more than 95% efficiency and helps you save almost $900 in yearly energy costs. (is this an Aeroseal stat? I haven’t come across it before)

Remember, even the most efficient electric furnaces won’t help you save this much money on energy bills. But still, it’s important to get the ducts and air vents accurately distributing heat for the gas furnaces to perform at their optimal.

Let Professionals Do It

After purchasing a new gas furnace to meet your heating needs, you may think of installing the unit by yourself. However, we recommend having it installed by a professional. That’s because a poorly installed gas furnace model will cost you plenty of money in due course. In addition, as per the “Department of Energy,” improperly placed HVAC systems can minimize the system’s efficiency by 30%.

This is why it’s vital to let professionals perform the furnace installation. But how to make sure the professionals you choose are the right ones? The Energy Department has provided a checklist to see if you’ve chosen the right HVAC technicians.

For instance, professional technicians will tell you how to alter filters, test them and check the right system airflow, among other things.

Use The Thermostat

One important thing that your professional technician must do is set up the programmable thermostat. Then, you can modify room temperatures when you’re away, using your programmable thermostat. By doing this, you will be able to save power and drastically cut costs.

Thermostat

 

The Department of Energy provides many tips that you can utilize to make the most of your thermostat. Here are a few of them:

  • Place the thermostat in your home’s interior walls
  • Never install it around cooling and heating registers, lighting, appliances, windows, fireplaces, doorways, and other locations that might get the sunlight directly
  • Avoid employing the ‘override feature’ all the time

There are numerous kinds of thermostats available in the market, so choose one that fits your schedule.

Ensure Regular Upkeep

A key aspect of ensuring that your gas furnace continues to work efficiently is programming routine maintenance appointments. Making sure the unit receives regular tune-ups will help you save extra bucks and increase the life expectancy of your furnace.

Ideally, your professional HVAC technician should check the equipment annually (we only do checkups once a year for our customers. Some other companies do them twice a year, but we don’t) right before cooling and heating seasons, to guarantee the unit runs smoothly. There are some tasks your expert will perform in these upkeep appointments.

For instance, they will check and tighten all power connections and inspect the drain condensate line in the furnace. That’s because a clogged drain can lead to water damage.

In addition to that, the HVAC professional inspects system control for safe and proper operation. Apart from that, air filters will also be checked, washed, and changed if needed. Moreover, gas connections, burner combustion, heat exchanger, and gas pressure will be inspected thoroughly.

Why Choose Miller’s Heating As Your Professional Heating Contractors?

Looking for gas furnace installation in Vancouver, WA?

Choose Miller’s Heating Before Installing A Gas Furnace In Vancouver.

We are local and family-run and provide air conditioning and heating contractor service in Vancouver. All our technicians are insured, bonded, and licensed to deliver quality gas furnace installation and repair solutions.

Not only do we install the unit, but if you require furnace replacement in Vancouver, WA, we can assist you in that as well.

Winter is coming! But you’ve got nothing to worry about as Miller’s Heating is here to keep your home warm and welcoming all year round.

45 thoughts on “6 Toxic Air Conditioning Smells and What They Mean

  1. We have a portable air conditioner until 12 BTU when it’s on it draws the smell of creditor in the house.. we have a wood forced air furnace.
    How ca we solve the problem

    Many thanks

    Jen

    1. Hi Jen,

      Unfortunately, we do not service portable AC units. We recommend contacting an HVAC contractor in your area who does.

    1. Hi Dee,

      We actually don’t work on window AC units. We recommend calling other HVAC companies in your area to see who does.

  2. I have an odor in my home that smells like sulfur and sometimes the odor is like a ginger with onion smell, cause at times it causes my eyes to burn, occasionally nose runs a little, it also makes me cough every now and then. The smell gets really bad when I run my hvac. It’s a central unit. Some when I run my hot water seems like it’s coming through my drains,had my water company to check things out it’s not the problem.

    1. Hi Mary,

      Your HVAC system smelling of rotten eggs or sulfur most likely indicates a natural gas leak. Although on its own, natural gas is odorless, most utility providers add the aroma to alert people of a dangerous leak. Don’t take this lightly. If you smell a rotten-egg-like odor in your home, natural gas is likely the culprit, and immediate inspection is a must. While low level exposure is not hazardous to your health, high levels reduce oxygen in the blood, and can lead to loss of consciousness and death. Gas is also highly flammable and explosive, resulting in dozens of deaths each year. If you notice this smell, open the windows to your home right away, get out of the house immediately, then call the gas company.

    1. Hi Mick,

      An air conditioner smells like mildew or mold is probably the most common symptom of central HVAC systems. When the air conditioning is running, there is a lot of condensation within the unit. When the moisture doesn’t drain properly, it can escape into the ducts and create mold. Finding where the mold buildup is and getting it cleaned up will solve the problem. An HVAC repair technician has the knowledge to handle the problem and ensure that it doesn’t occur again. Note: Mold and mildew smells are not serious problems with the unit, but the poor air quality does increase the risk of respiratory infections in both children and adults. You can still use the unit while you’re waiting for repairs, but you shouldn’t put it off for the sake of your family’s health.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      We do not work on window ACs. However, if it is smelling like gas we recommend that you turn it off to protect your healthy until you have a professional come out to inspect it.

    2. My ac smelt like a gassy smell chemical of some sort i called matenace and told them i was smelling something… He said nothing he can do tonight just shut it off, Be there by 8am. i felt kinda disoriented..my friend shared this ad to me and it helped me feel so much better you really have the answers and i thank you so much !! Marie Dillon youngstown ohio….. T Y.

      1. Hi Marie,

        We are glad you found this article helpful and hope maintenance was able to fix the situation for you. If you do smell gas again, turn off your HVAC system in order to protect your health until a professional can look at it.

  3. My home smells like a car or vehicle with a really bad exhaust leak. Its really strong like oil or fuel burning thru an exhaust leak on a vehicle. What could it be??

    1. Hi Shelly,

      Even in HVAC systems not powered by gas, exhaust fumes can still result if fluids leak from essential components. To avoid a dangerous situation, have your system professionally assessed. Burning oil and other fluids can release large amounts of toxic gases, different in chemical makeup than in natural, liquid form. These particulates can be hazardous to your health, depleting oxygen and resulting in an array of health issues.

    2. My AC unit smells like the tip of a match. The red part. Not sure why or what but is this ok to run until the smell burns off? Or will it?

      1. Hi Nickie,

        Is this the first time using your unit in a while? If so, we recommend letting it run for 20-30 minutes to see if the smell goes away. If it does go away, it probably was dust on your unit burning off. However if the smell continues please contact your local HVAC company so a professional technician can assess your system. If you are in the Vancouver, WA or North Portland, OR area we would be happy to help if the smell persists!

    1. When you say it smells moth balls do you mean that it smells moldy or musty? If so, an air conditioner smells like mildew or mold is probably the most common symptom of central HVAC systems. When the air conditioning is running, there is a lot of condensation within the unit. When the moisture doesn’t drain properly, it can escape into the ducts and create mold. Finding where the mold buildup is and getting it cleaned up will solve the problem. An HVAC repair technician has the knowledge to handle the problem and ensure that it doesn’t occur again. Note: Mold and mildew smells are not serious problems with the unit, but the poor air quality does increase the risk of respiratory infections in both children and adults. You can still use the unit while you’re waiting for repairs, but you shouldn’t put it off for the sake of your family’s health.

      1. Hi Sandy May, Sounds like you have a similar situation to Lukie. When you say it smells moth balls do you mean that it smells moldy or musty? If so, an air conditioner smells like mildew or mold is probably the most common symptom of central HVAC systems. When the air conditioning is running, there is a lot of condensation within the unit. When the moisture doesn’t drain properly, it can escape into the ducts and create mold. Finding where the mold buildup is and getting it cleaned up will solve the problem. An HVAC repair technician has the knowledge to handle the problem and ensure that it doesn’t occur again. Note: Mold and mildew smells are not serious problems with the unit, but the poor air quality does increase the risk of respiratory infections in both children and adults. You can still use the unit while you’re waiting for repairs, but you shouldn’t put it off for the sake of your family’s health.

  4. Hello,
    For well over (3) months, there has been a foul odor ( I would describe as a dead animal) coming from my bedroom AC vent. It was strongest (3) mos ago, for the first (2) days it was unbearable. The latter few mos, it would come and go. I have removed the vent and inspected for animals but found nothing? Oddly, even at its strongest, it is unnoticeable once the AC is running? Any suggestions? Thanks

    1. That is an unusual situation. Normally when our customers smell something like that there is a dead animal within the duct work. Where do you live? If you are in the Vancouver, WA and/or North Portland, OR area we can have one of our technicians come out to inspect your system.

  5. Hi
    There is a odor coming from my Air Conditioner Unit, that smells like musty or someone’s butt that hasn’t washed! I have been smelling it for at least a week or more! I am a asthmatic it causes me to cough and I feel nauseous at times. How do I solve this problem! Upon turning it off I looked inside I do see mold spots.

    1. An air conditioner smells like mildew or mold is probably the most common symptom of central HVAC systems. When the air conditioning is running, there is a lot of condensation within the unit. When the moisture doesn’t drain properly, it can escape into the ducts and create mold. Finding where the mold buildup is and getting it cleaned up will solve the problem. An HVAC repair technician has the knowledge to handle the problem and ensure that it doesn’t occur again. It’s also important to keep up on annual maintenances of your system in order to keep the indoor and outdoor units clean of mold and dirt.

  6. There is like a rubber smell or electrical coming from the vent. Was checked and nothing was found

    1. Electrical odors could indicate a mechanical problem with your AC fan or compressor, wiring issues, or electrical component failure. Made with a variety of metals and chemicals, prolonged exposure to these fumes is not healthy. The first few times the unit kicks on, it may emit a burning odor that can smell electrical and dusty, give it 20 to 30 minutes and see if the smell dissipates. If it does, it probably was just the dust burning off. If it continues, contact a professional HVAC technician to check out the problem and make repairs. An electrical odor typically is a problem within the motor or the wiring. Attempting to fix either of these items can result in severe injuries.

  7. We had a new central air unit and furnace installed today. I keep smelling something. Its aerosol type smell. Kind of like spray paint.

    1. Hi Patti,

      I would recommend calling the HVAC company that installed your new central air and furnace and explain what you are smelling. Since you just had it installed, it should be free for them to come out and make sure everything is ok with your system.

    2. That is exactly what I smell! We just had it replaced about an hour ago and the smell is making me extremely nauseous ?

  8. I have had a gas smell for several months. Called gas person in February. It ended up being my gas stove/oven per the gas company. Now that the air conditioner on, I still smell a gas smell or paint thinner and I hear an airy sound as well. Have not located the source of the airy sound. Gas people said that I am hearing the gas travel up the wall. Tested; no gas indicated. Called heating/air to do maintenance and to check as well. New roofing in the community. Could this be it. Can smell back draft from neighbor’s vehicle. Which is the problem or all?

    1. Hi JJ,

      When the HVAC company came out to do the maintenance, what did they have to say about the gas smell and airy sound that you have been hearing?

      1. They said it was the upstairs neighbor’s air conditioner. As of this week, the gas people found out that the gas smell was the gas meter and fumes from a stove that I had not cooked on in a month. I still have the air sound. Do you think it is air from a pipe that needs fixing or insulation or something stuck in the vent?

        1. It’s difficult to determine the exact cause of the air sound without investigating it in person, but I did speak to a technician and they think insulation would help.

  9. my new 4 ton heat pump began emitting a strong metallic like odor, like aluminum in ac mode. it doesn’t smell at all in heat mode. my evap coil is aluminum. is that what i’m smelling? my old unit had copper coil and i smelled nothing.

    1. Hi James,

      I checked with one of our service technicians. He said that normally that type of smell is emitted during heating mode. Your unit’s indoor coil may be leaking refrigerant, which can give off a metallic smell. We recommend having the company who installed your heat pump come out to take a look. If you are in the Vancouver, WA and/or North Portland, OR area we would be happy to help!

  10. Hi, my air conditioner had recently started to leak water, at first it was small leaks, but then in day 2 the leaks got more severe, to the point where at certain points it was dripping water, i woke up today to a small puddle on the floor under the ac unit (split). There werent any odors inside the room, but i noticed when i smelled the area of the floor where the puddle had been that it smelled like chemicals, and the puddle had a bit of a pinkish hue to it, although otherwise i have not seen the pink hue. The AC still cools as normal, but i have refrained from using it after that. What could that smell be? and is it leaking water or something else.

    1. Hi Maiz,

      I spoke with one of our service technicians. He said that it sounds like water is leaking from your system either because a condensate line is clogged or the copper line isn’t insulated and it’s dripping from there. You would need to get a service technician out to look at your equipment in order to determine the cause of the smell and to stop the water from continuing to leak. If you are in the Vancouver, WA or North Portland area we would be happy to help by sending a technician out to take a look.

  11. james cox on july 10 wrote that his 4 ton aluminum coil ac gave off an aluminum smell. my new aluminum coil 4 ton carrier heat pump does the exact same thing. metallic smell in ac, no smell in heat. my house cools really fast and i’ve had this unit for a year with no recharges. what’s going on here? just hypersensitive to aluminum sell?

    1. Hi Adriaan,

      It sounds like your system is running well and most likely doesn’t have a leak. I spoke with our Service Manager and he thought it might not even be the coil causing the smell. Often times IAQ products emit ozone which can smell metallic. Do you have any IAQ products as a part of your HVAC system? In order to further diagnose the issue, we would recommend having an HVAC company come out to take a look at it. It’s difficult to fully determine the cause of the smell without being onsite.

  12. We have 1-yr old central AC unit. It emits smell when the fan is constantly on and AC is off. When the AC turns on the smell gradually disappears. When the temperature drops to the needed one, the AC turns off and the smell reappears again. The smell is quite strong. Not the mold or musty for sure. And not the rotten eggs either. Some sort of “technical” smell. There is no smell when the fan is constantly on and the unit in the heating mode. The reason of keeping the fan constantly on during the air-conditioning hours is to prevent building mold inside the system.

    1. Hi Vlad,

      Could you explain the “technical” smell in a little more detail? Is it an electrical smell? If it is an electrical smell, it could mean you have a mechanical problem with your AC fan or compressor, wiring issues or electrical component failure. Exposure to this smell/fumes can be very unhealthy. We recommend having a local trained HVAC technician come out to your home and inspect your unit. If you are located in Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR (our service area) we would be happy to send someone out.

      1. Thanks for reply. The smell is vaguely comparable with the smell of burning transformer coils, but not exactly. I know the smell of burning transformer very well. It’s different. The same smell appeared in my previous house from AC unit after living there for 10 years. A year later I moved. And now the same smell at the new place from a brand new AC unit. Amazing. I’m going to ask the guy who installed it to drop by and chek the unit when the pandemic is over.

  13. There is a paint thinner smell coming from my AC vents in my apartment. I called the manager, but her response was not promising. Is it safe to stay in my apartment?

    1. Hi Meghan,

      We would recommend getting a professional HVAC technician out to asses your system right away. Your AC does use an assortment of chemicals in order to run; it sounds like your AC could be malfunctioning (hence the smell) and needing repair. If you are in the Vancouver, WA and/or North Portland, OR area we would be happy to help! Our phone number is 360-695-6500.

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