Is there a foul odor that permeates your home every time you have the air conditioner running? Problems with your HVAC system may be causing these putrid odors. However, these smells can be more than just annoying or unpleasant; sometimes they can signify a potentially dangerous issue. Keep reading to learn more about the most common AC smells and the problems that may be causing them.
If you smell a musty odor when you turn on your air conditioner, there may be an excess of moisture or humidity in your HVAC system. This extra water can lead to mold and mildew growth in your ducts, which can, in turn, lead to poor air quality and health problems for you and your family. If you suspect there is mold growing in your HVAC system, you will first need to locate the source of the water and repair any leaks (or hire a professional to take care of it). You will also need to contact a professional company that handles heating and air conditioning in Athens, GA, to perform an inspection and help you prevent these problems from coming back in the future.
This is not a pleasant odor, no matter where the scent is coming from. When it is emanating from your HVAC system, it may be caused by stagnant water, dirty evaporator coils, or clogged condensate drain pans. In general, a thorough cleaning will be enough to get rid of this smell.
If something smells like it is burning when you turn on your air conditioner, it probably is. The smell could be caused by a wiring problem, an overheating motor, or some other kind of mechanical issue. Shut off the AC system from the breaker box if you notice a burning smell. Burning scents that are akin to gun powder can signify a short from the fan motor or the circuit board. If the odor continues even after you shut off the HVAC system, evacuate your home and call the fire department. Once your home is safe to reenter, schedule an appointment with an HVAC company to repair the mechanical or electrical problem that caused the smell in the first place.
You should never ignore the smell of rotten eggs in your home. It often indicates a natural gas leak. This is a very dangerous problem. If you smell a sulfurous odor coming from your air conditioning vents, turn off the gas supply at the meter or call the gas company to do it for you. Open as many windows and doors as you can. Put out any open flames and refrain from using a lighter or anything electrical. Evacuate the building as quickly as you can and reach out to the gas company. Don’t turn the gas back on until the gas company says it is safe for you to do so.
Sometimes, animals can crawl into your HVAC system and die. If this happens, the smell will become impossible to ignore. Turn off your air conditioner and open your windows to air out the home. Then, contact a pest control or HVAC company to handle the issue.
Contact us at Triad Mechanical the next time your AC emits a foul scent and needs to be repaired.
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