After a season of lying dormant, it is common to notice some strange smells emanating from your air conditioner; the most common smell is dust. After sitting for months, the dust particles will accumulate in your system, and your AC needs to burn everything off; if you smell something funny even after a few days, it may be time to give your AC technician a call. Regular AC maintenance is a must to increase the performance of AC. Here are the few smells that you can smell from your AC and the reasons for that smell.
One of the most unpleasant smells that you can experience from your AC is the smell of dirty socks. If you smell the dirty socks from your air conditioner, then you must blame the condenser; sometimes, the condenser coil can grow bacteria and emit the smell of a stinky sock. If you smell this, then you must immediately care for it, instead of ignoring it. Cleaning and sanitizing the condenser coil can be the solution for this, if not call an AC repair professional to clean it. Regular servicing can improve your AC’s performance.
Burning or gunpowder
If you smell burning coming from your vents and smell fire, gun powder, or fire, then immediately turn off your air conditioner. If you see and smell fire, then turn your AC off and call the fire department, and only return to your home when it is safe. Once you safely reach your home, call an AC professional to fix the issue. A burning smell can indicate many problems, like an overheated motor, fire on the wire, or other catastrophic mechanical issues. If you feel the smell of gunpowder, then it means your AC might be short-circuited. Hence, these are the common AC problems that require servicing.
If you feel the smell of exhaust fume, it could mean that fluid in your air conditioner or condenser is leaking on to a motor or at other warm parts of your air conditioner; when this fluid is leaking on the warm parts of your air conditioner, it will create the smell of exhaust fumes. If you suspect fluid is leaking somewhere at your AC system, then do not hesitate to call an AC repair team.
If you turn on your AC system and instantly smell strong trash or garbage smell, it could mean that something has passed away in your AC system and it needs to be removed as soon as you notice. Many small animals will seek refuge in your AC unit, during the winter, and not all those animals make it out for spring. Some might be dead inside your AC system, so first find out the reason and then remove it ASAP if needed change your air conditioner.
Mould or Mildew
Mildew or mould is another issue that is faced by almost all AC using people. One of the air conditioners’ primary functions is to remove humidity from the air and ensure the home retains an optimum moisture level. This moisture can be the reason for microbial growth. This mildew or mould smell makes you feel unpleasant and those microbes are floating through your home and into your lungs as well. If you experience this mould or mildew smell, please call the technician; they can diagnose the problem and offer a solution at an affordable price.