Electric furnaces often give off bad odors after left off for months at a time

Having anxiety issues can make normal life situations problematic.

I worry about leaving lights and electronics on when I leave the house over the fear of a fire.

It’s so overwhelming that I spend a good 30 minutes of my commute to work worried that I forgot something at home before leaving the house. Maybe this means that I have mild OCD, but the result is the same—I end up wasting precious moments of my day because of my neuroses. However, sometimes my anxieties are completely justified. There was a morning where I had left my oven on before leaving for work. To be honest, since the oven was empty it probably would have been fine and perhaps warm the house, but I still felt justified when I got home and saw that the light on the display was shining. I quickly turned my oven and promptly left for work again. I thought this was a similar situation when I smelled bad odors coming from my furnace when I turned it on yesterday for the first time in months. Of course going on the internet just made me even more worried than I was before. I called my heating and cooling technician, but he thankfully assured me that there was nothing wrong with my furnace. He said it’s normal for the electric coil to burn off any microbial buildup from sitting idle for the prior six months. After a day’s worth of heating, the odor was gone and didn’t return. It’s smart to get one’s heating system inspected regardless, but I still let my anxiety get the best of me again.

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