Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Does Your Air Conditioner Smell?

With the weather being so warm, most people have their air conditioner working overtime. Have you all of a sudden noticed a weird and unpleasant smell in your home? Does it seem to get worse when your air conditioner is running? Royal Heating & Air knows that while these smells can seem gross, they can also present serious health issues. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some information about those weird smells that may be coming from your air conditioner and what might be causing them.

Causes of a Smelly Air Conditioner

Mold or Mildew Smell

If your HVAC system has excessive humidity or moisture, there’s a possibility of mold or mildew flowing through your ductwork. To help prevent mold and mildew, you should check for and fix all water leaks, improve drainage, replace your filters frequently, and make sure you have your HVAC system serviced by Royal Heating & Air. You should also look into a whole-home humidifier. Not only will it protect your belongings, but it will help prevent mildew and mold from forming in your HVAC system.

Rotten Eggs or Sulfur Smell

If your home smells like rotten eggs you should never ignore it. That smell can be a sign of leaking gas. Natural gas is naturally odorless; however, manufacturers are required to add a chemical called mercaptan to give it a distinctive rotten-egg gas smell. If you smell rotten eggs in your home:
  • Don’t use any matches or lighters
  • Don’t operate anything electrical
  • If you have any candles or open flames, but them out immediately
  • Open your doors and windows
  • Evacuate your home
  • Turn off your gas supply at the meter (if possible)
  • Contact the gas company
  • Don’t turn the gas back on by yourself. Have the gas company turn the gas back on for you.

A Burning Smell

Like the saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. The same goes for your HVAC system. If something smells like it’s burning, it probably is. This could be caused by a motor overheating, a wiring issue, or a different mechanical problem. The best thing to do is turn your HVAC system off immediately from your breaker box.

If the air smells like gunpowder, that could indicate a short from the AC’s fan motor or circuit board.

Stinky Feet Smell

If your home smells like stinky feet or dirty socks, then dirty evaporator coils, clogged condensate drain pans, or stagnant water might be the cause. A professional cleaning of your HVAC system should usually fix the problem.

Give Royal Heating & Air a Call

If your HVAC system is causing some unpleasant smells, it usually means there is a much larger problem going on behind the scenes. With the weather we’ve been having, don’t wait for your HVAC system to break down to have it serviced. Royal Heating & Air knows that there’s nothing worse than your air conditioner not working during the hottest months of the year. Give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call and schedule your HVAC maintenance today. 

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