Is there anything worse than turning on your AC to find that it is emitting a foul smelling odor? What’s worse, is sometimes those odors can mean problems for your AC system. It is important that you are aware of the common causes of AC smells so that you will know when your system is in need of repair. Hal Mechanical is here to explain what some of these foul smelling odors can mean for your AC system.
Clogged Condensate Drain Line
If your condensate drain isn’t able to drain efficiently, it can cause foul smelling odors. As your AC works, it will remove the humidity from the air as it cools. This moisture needs a place to go, and will end up in your condensate drain. You will start to notice a mold and mildew smell when it isn’t able to drain properly.
Oversized or Undersized AC Unit
When you have a musty smell as you turn on your AC, it could be caused by an improperly sized unit. As mentioned above, your AC is responsible for removing humidity from your house as it cools. When the unit is too large, it can cause the system to turn off before this humidity is removed completely. This causes mold and mildew growth inside the unit’s components and leaves that musty smell in your home.
Dirty Air Conditioner Coils
As your AC blows cold air into your home, it has to pass over cooling coils first. When these coils are covered in bacteria growth or even dirt and dust, it can cause that smell to be transferred to your home. Luckily, this is an easy fix as all you have to do is clean the cooling coils to get rid of the problem.
AC Electrical Problems
Anytime you are smelling gun smoke or something similar to it, you should be concerned. You may be dealing with an electrical problem that could put you and your home in danger. When this happens, you should be turning off your air conditioning system right away until you have a professional look at the problem. Burning smells are always a cause for concern and should be dealt with by a trained professional.
Dead Animal in Duct Work
Sometimes there are sneaky animals that make their way into the intricate ductwork of your home. When they die and you aren’t aware of it, you could be dealing with quite the smelly problem on your hands. You will need to remove the dead animal from the ductwork before this smell will start to clear out. It often smells like rotten eggs when you turn on your AC.
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If you are dealing with rotten smells whenever you turn on your AC and can’t figure out what is causing it on your own, you can turn to the experts at Hal Mechanical for help. We have the skills and training needed to solve your AC problems in no time. Call us today!