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5 Common A/C Smells and What They Mean

5 Common A/C Smells and What They Mean

Your air conditioning system can be a lifesaver in those hot summer months. Unfortunately, your air conditioning system can leave off an unwanted smell from time to time. Depending on the type of smell that your HVAC air conditioning system leaves off, it could be a particular signal that something needs to be addressed by an HVAC professional.

Burning Smell

One scary smell that your HVAC system can let off is a burning odor. Some people tend to describe this type of smell as gunpowder or a fire smell. It's vital to turn off the power to your HVAC system as it's highly likely that your HVAC air conditioning system may have a fire. This can be caused by burnt wires or an overheated motor or other HVAC mechanical part.

Dirty Socks Smell

One very pungent smell that your HVAC air conditioning system may produce is that of dirty socks. If you notice this unpleasant smell in your home, it's highly likely that the condenser coils in your HVAC system are growing unwanted bacteria. You should proceed to contact an HVAC professional to evaluate and clean your condenser coils to get rid of the unpleasant smell from your air conditioning system. You can still run your HVAC air conditioning system with this smell while you wait for the arrival of an HVAC professional.

Exhaust Smell

Most people are familiar with the smell of exhaust from cars. Your HVAC system can create this same smell if fluid is leaking onto a warm part of your HVAC system, such as the HVAC air conditioning motor. It's highly advisable to contact an HVAC professional to evaluate this particular smell with your air conditioning system.

Garbage Smell

If it's starting to smell like a garbage dump in your home, your HVAC air conditioning system may be to blame. Unfortunately, animals seeking warmth from the cold winter weather can find themselves burrowed in your HVAC system components. When you start your HVAC system to enjoy the air conditioning for the first time in the summer, you may have a garbage smell fill your home. This likely means that a dead animal is in your HVAC system. You should contact an HVAC professional to assess your system. Make sure that you turn the HVAC system off until the HVAC professional gets there to remedy this type of smell.

Mold Smell

A mold or mildew smell coming from your air conditioning system could be a sign that your HVAC system is growing mold. This microbial growth could develop throughout various components of your HVAC system. It's highly advisable to shut off your air conditioning system and call an HVAC professional to clean out your system. Mold spores can be highly dangerous for the human respiratory system, so you shouldn't continue to run your air conditioning system until the HVAC professional has gotten rid of the mold or mildew growth.

Call Us Today

If you're noticing any odd smells from your HVAC air conditioning system, then you should contact one of our HVAC professionals. Our experienced HVAC professionals can come out and evaluate your air conditioning system. They'll explain the problem that you're having with your HVAC system and remedy the issue so that you can get back to enjoying the comfort of your air conditioning system without the nasty smell.
 

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