Does your Greater Springfield, MA home have an unpleasant smell when your air conditioner is running? There are a number of reasons why an air conditioner can cause bad odors throughout your home. If your home is suffering from offensive odors when your air conditioner is in use, Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share what may be causing them.
Central Air Conditioner Makes House Smell Musty
Sometimes the HVAC system may create an abundance of humidity and heat which together is a breeding ground for mold and mildew to develop. Often, if these conditions remain, you can have mold or mildew spreading throughout your air duct systems. Some forms of mold are dangerous and if your home smells of mold, have your HVAC system inspected and your air ducts cleaned to prevent further contamination and exposure. After an inspection, the technician will clean your condensate pan and evaporator coils. In most cases they are the cause of overheating and humidity buildup.
AC Smells of Stinky Feet or Socks
When your home smells of stinky feet or dirty sock, know that there isn’t a sock hiding in your air dusts. Stagnant water can create a similar odor. Stagnant water can be caused by a clogged condensate drain or pan, or dirty evaporator coils. To correct this problem, have the coils checked and cleaned along with the condensate pan and unclog the drain.
Air Conditioner Smells Like Cigarette Smoke
Cigarette smoke is very strong odor and if a person smokes inside the home, the scent gets trapped inside the filters and even the evaporator coils. If the scent of cigarette smoke fills the air, you should change out your home air filters. If the smell continues then have your evaporator coils cleaned. However as smokers know, the odor comes with smoking, so if you want your home free of the odor of cigarette smoke, you should smoke outside.
AC Unit Smells Like Burning
You may have a burning smell the first time you turn on your heater. This is normal. However, it should not be present when you are using your air conditioner. If your air conditioner is emitting a burning smell, turn it off immediately. The burning scent could be caused by overheating of the motor, a wiring problem, or other mechanical issues. All are not good and if you keep the air conditioner running you can completely destroy your air conditioner or even cause a fire. If there is a burning smell, contact an HVAC technician to inspect and determine the problem.
Air Conditioner Smells Like Rotten Eggs or Sewage
If your home has the smell of sulfur or has a rotten egg smell, this is actually a sign of a gas leak that may be circulating through your home’s air ducts. If you have a gas heating system then the heater’s gas line has a leak. Turn off all electrical items in your home including your air conditioner, and of course turn off the gas to your home. Next open up all the windows to help circulate the gas out of your home. Contact an HVAC repair technician to inspect your HVAC gas connections right away.
Air Conditioning Repair, Maintenance & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson, Chicopee & Agawam, Massachusetts
If your Greater Springfield, MA home is under assault by bad odors and it’s coming from your HVAC system, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning. We will locate and resolve the problem. For all of your HVAC needs, contact Ambient Heating & Air conditioning today.