Anytime you turn on your AC for the day only to find that some strange smell is coming out of the vents, it is disheartening. The truth is, unless this is the first time you are turning on your AC for the season, you shouldn’t smell anything as that blessed cold air rushes out of those vents. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about some of the strange smells that can sometimes come from your AC unit and what they mean.
Dirty Sock Syndrome
This may just be one of the most common offenders when it comes to smells and AC units. No one wants to smell dirty socks wafting throughout their house. In fact, most people will be diligent in their laundry chores to ensure it doesn’t happen. If you’re smelling it when the AC kicks on, it is likely due to a condensor issue. Sometimes these condenser coils found in your unit can grow bacteria that gives off a dirty sock smell. If this is the case, you can rely on an HVAC professional to come and sanitize your unit.
AC Vent Smells like Sewage
The only thing that may be worse than dirty socks, is the smell of rotting trash. Unfortunately, this is one of the smells that can come from your AC unit if an animal has climbed into it and died. This smell can be strong and horrible. If you are smelling it, you need to turn your unit off right away and see if you can get rid of the animal on your own or if you need professional help to get rid of it.
AC Blowing Burning Smell
Any time you smell something is burning, you are most likely right. Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. The same goes for your vents. If you smell something might be burning or the smell of gun powder, it is important that you turn off your AC right away. Some of the issues include frayed wiring, an overheated motor or some other mechanical issue that is dangerous.
Mold & Mildew Smell in Air Conditioner
This another extremely common problem for an AC unit. Your AC unit is responsible for removing humidity from the air in your home as well as cooling it. Because there is so much moisture involved in the process, it can sometimes build up inside the unit and mold and mildew can start to grow. You don’t want a mold problem to remain untouched as this can be a danger to your health if you are breathing in these microbes. It is important that you call on a professional right away to help you eliminate this problem completely.
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If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, you need to call on the professionals at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning for help. We can diagnose and solve any strange smells you have coming from your vents. Call us today!