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5 AC Smells You Shouldn't Ignore

August 12, 2022 | Blog

Unusual Smells From Air Conditioner

No one wants to turn on their air conditioner and breathe in a deep lungful of stench. Your AC unit is responsible for delivering consistent, cool air to your space – so why does it smell so bad? The pros at Service Wizard are here with the answers!

Foul odors coming from your cooling system can be caused by a number of things. Our team is here for our Austin residents to help them eliminate AC smells and keep those odors gone for good. Read on to learn about five AC smells you shouldn’t ignore.

My AC Smells Musty

If your AC smells like mildew or forgotten laundry, you could be dealing with “dirty sock syndrome.” In general, this issue can be dealt with on your own, without calling in air conditioner technicians.

Make sure you change your air filter and clean the drip pan beneath your evaporator coil. For persistent odors, reach out to our team to schedule your indoor air quality service.

My AC Stinks Like Something Unmentionable

As uncomfortable as it makes many of us, critters can enter a home’s or business’s ductwork and become trapped. Eventually, the creature perishes and the smell of its remains can permeate your space. If you can locate the animal yourself, it’s possible for you to retrieve the carcass and dispose of it on your own.

In some cases, you may need to hire a professional to remove the creature. If the culprit is gone but the smell is still strong, turn to our team for effective indoor air cleaning solutions.

My Air Conditioner Smells Like It’s Burning

Sometimes an AC produces an acrid, burning smell. This can happen when broken or loose elements burn and the plastic melts. Then the smell of these singed parts travels out of the unit and throughout your space. If your AC unit smells like it’s burning, contact our team for fast and thorough AC repairs in Austin, TX.

Stinky AC Odors

Cooling systems were designed to carry conditioned air – not odors. If you have a gas-powered heating and cooling system, your gas line can become kinked or damaged. A skunk-like or sulfurous smell is a tell-tale sign of a gas leak.

If you suspect a gas line leak on your property, evacuate immediately and call your gas company. Then turn to the Service Wizard team to schedule your air conditioner repair or replacement.

My Air Conditioner Smells Like Car Exhaust

Your AC is a closed-loop system that does not function like a combustion engine. Therefore, exhaust smells are usually a sign of a refrigerant leak. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, reach out to our team for an inspection or repair.

Refrigerant is a hazardous material – do not try to repair coolant leaks yourself! Instead, reach out to us to schedule your repair or air conditioner replacement.

Professional AC Maintenance With Service Wizard

Armed with this knowledge, you can take action when your AC isn’t functioning as it should. Reach out to the team more Travis county residents turn to for their air conditioner services. From repairs and installations to tune-ups and indoor air services, our team is here for you. Reach out to schedule your service with us today!

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