On a really hot day the first thing you do when you get home is crank the A/C down right? When you turn your air conditioner on does your house seem to smell? This can be a problem that you don’t want to ignore! If you find yourself asking “Why does my air conditioner smell?” check out the reasons and smells below to help troubleshoot what the problem is.
1. Check your air conditioning filter. If it is dirty and clogged it may not be filtering properly and contributing to the problem. Changing your air filter may not only solve the smelly issue, but it will also help your system run more efficiently.
2. Air Conditioner System is too large for your home. So we all know that an air conditioner cools your home down but many don’t realize that it also de-humidifies your home as well. If your A/C system is too large for your home it will go through the cool cycle too quick and won’t run long enough to pull any moisture from air.
3. Drain line is clogged. If your air conditioner’s drain line is clogged, water will build up in the drain pan and can be a breeding ground for mold & mildew.
4. Coils are dirty. Your A/C blows air directly over it’s coils to cool the air. If your coils are dirty the air can pick up the strange smells from the coils themselves.
5. Problems with your air filtration system. Your filtration system removes contaminates from the air in your home. If something is wrong with this system, contaminates will not be properly removed and your home’s air can begin to smell.
Mustiness – There are a few possibilities for the source of a musty smell. First there may be mold or mildew on the condenser coil inside the unit. There could also be mold or mildew growing in the duct work, if there is a leak. No matter the source, as air flows through the vents it spreads mold through your home.
Rotten eggs – If the air coming out of your vents smells a little like rotten eggs you may have a natural gas leak. A natural gas leak is very serious and would need to call a professional out to repair.
Smoke – If it smells like something is burning, there may be a mechanical problem with the Air Conditioners fan or compressor. Turn off the unit and contact an HVAC professional immediately.
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If you noticed any of these odors and would like us to inspect your unit give A/C Max a call today at (832) 752-4445.