An Overview Of Air Conditioning Odors

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An Overview Of Air Conditioning Odors

An Overview Of Air Conditioning Odors

19 May 2023
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As temperatures start to rise with the arrival of spring and the approach of summer, you might be getting ready to test out your air conditioning for the first time this season. One of the biggest challenges for homeowners with a central air conditioning system is dealing with unexpected odors from the system. When you understand the potential source of the odors, it makes it easier for you to address them. Here's a look at some of the things that your air conditioning services technician wants you to know about the odors from your system.

Cleaning The Air Conditioner Can Help 

If you turn the air conditioner on and it smells musty or dirty, that's a sign that you need to clean the system. In most cases, it's in your best interest to clean both the air conditioning unit and your home's air vents. Musty odors are usually due to prolonged moisture that creates mold issues. Since mold spores spread easily, you'll need to make sure that the ductwork and vents are clean to prevent that mold from returning.

You Might Have A Pest Problem 

A pungent, foul odor from your air conditioning system is sometimes indicative of a pest infestation. Sometimes, it's the waste accumulation from that infestation causing the odors, and in other cases, the odor you smell is a result of a pest dying inside the air conditioning unit or your air ducts. You'll want to talk with an air conditioning services technician about inspecting the entire system to find the source of the smell.

There Could Be A Leak

In some air conditioning systems, a chemical-like smell is a result of leaking refrigerant. If you turn on your air conditioning for the first time this season and notice a harsh chemical odor, you might have a leak in the system that's allowing refrigerant to enter your home's air ducts. You'll have to have an air conditioning technician test the system's refrigerant pressure, locate and repair the leak, then recharge the system to restore proper operation and eliminate the odor.

The more you understand about your home's air conditioning system and the most common causes of odors, the easier it is to address the problem. Do not feel as though you simply have to tolerate those smells. Your air conditioning services technician can help you isolate the source, repair the problem, and eliminate the smell that you're noticing in your home.

Contact a local air conditioning service to learn more. 

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I used to routinely get calls from HVAC contractors in my area offering annual maintenance contracts. As soon they would identify themselves, I would quickly say no thank you and hang up. After all, my heating and cooling system was working fine. Why would I spend money on services I clearly didn't need? Boy was I wrong! A few years ago, my AC unit suddenly stopped working. I called my HVAC contractor to have it repaired and assumed that my warranty would pick up the bill. That was until I learned my warranty was voided due to a lack of maintenance. Out of nowhere, my decision to ignore those maintenance calls was about to cost me more than a $1,000. I know there are others out there like me. It is my hope that this site will provide them with the knowledge they need to avoid the mistakes I made.