Why Does Your Cooling Unit Smell Bad?


Have you noticed a foul smell coming from your air conditioner? Your cooling unit is likely telling you that it has some sort of problem. Your cooling unit may need some attention so that your system not only cools well but also ensures that your home feels and smells its best. These are some reasons why your cooling unit might smell bad.

If Your Cooling Unit Smells Like Dust

Dust and dirt can accumulate in your cooling unit, which can lead to serious issues with your cooling unit. If you do not change your air filter, your home might smell musty. Additionally, a musty smell is possibly linked to the development of mold and mildew in your home. The problem could result from the warm weather outside and the humidity in your home. This has a negative impact on your home's air quality, and it you need to have it checked out right away.

If Your Cooling Unit Smells Like Death

It's also possible that your air conditioner smells like death. This means that a rodent may have actually gotten into your duct system and passed away. When you turn on your AC, you are getting the smell of the deceased animal in your home. A professional may need to remove the animal.

If Your Cooling Unit Smells Like Burning

An AC that smells like it is burning or as if something is on fire could indicate an electrical issue. A circuit board or other component is possibly heating up too high.

If Your Cooling Unit Smells Like a Car

If your AC smells like a car exhaust, you may have a problem with your refrigerant. Refrigerant leaks cause these smells, and they can also indicate that your unit is not running the way it should. Refrigerant exposed to the air is dangerous for the environment as well.

If Your Cooling Unit Smells Like a Rotten Egg

Do you smell sulfur? Does it smell like a rotten egg in your home? You could actually have a gas leak in your home. If this is the case, you should leave the home and reach out to the gas company right away. Your cooling unit might otherwise be fine.

Contact an HVAC Professional Today

If you're set on fixing your air conditioner to keep your house cool as the weather warms up, you should speak with an HVAC professional. Your technician will help you determine the source of the smell and find the appropriate remedy.

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Avoiding Air Conditioning Problems

Last summer the unthinkable happened. My air conditioner failed on a day when it was over a hundred degrees outside. I was devastated, frustrated, and most of all, sweaty. Fortunately, a kind repair technician came out and helped me to get the system fixed the same day. After things were working, I took the time to ask how to avoid air conditioning problems in the first place. The technician gave me some great tips, including avoiding blocking my air returns. I also learned how to replace my air filter, which made a huge difference. Check out this blog to learn about HVAC.

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