If your AC smells terrible, you have found the right resource to determine the stinky reason. Your HVAC unit should be cleaning, filtering, circulating, and cooling your home’s air. So, as soon as you figure out the cause of the stinky situation, you can get back to a fresh-smelling house. So, let’s address the question head-on; why does your AC smell bad?
The Stinky Situation Causing Your AC to Smell Bad.
A funny-smelling home is really not too funny, now is it. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing and even a real problem. Let’s go over a few of the reasons in the following paragraphs. Then you can learn how to take an active part in keeping your home smelling fresh and clean.
Could it Be Dirty Sock Syndrome?
Well, that sounds ridiculous. Of course, you don’t have dirty socks in your HVAC system. But really, Dirty Sock Syndrome only smells like dirty socks… or some say it smells like a wet dog. Either way, you don’t want your home to have that odor. Dirty Sock Syndrome is the odor created by a buildup of mold, fungus, and bacteria in the AC system. And when moisture is trapped inside your unit, it makes the perfect place for spores to flourish. A maintenance plan scheduled with your local HVAC professionals will help keep the dirty socks out of your AC.
Need to Change the Filters?
Could it be that your air filters really need to be swapped out for new ones? To keep your home smelling fresh and clean, new air filters are necessary. The scent from an old air filter would be that of mold, mildew, and a musty odor. If your AC is smelling anything but fresh, change the filter and see if it helps. Also, check the recommended date for change and add it to your monthly calendar so you won’t forget again. No shame though, we all get busy!
Perhaps it is Your Pets and Not the AC?
Have you noticed people mentioning the doggie scent or the cat odor in the home? Are visitors’ allergies getting the best of them in your home although you keep a clean house? It is crucial to always listen to those who come into the home if they say your home smells funny. Living there day after day, you can go “nose blind” to the home’s various smells and odors. And if you have an older pet or perhaps a pet that is active and hates bath time (you know the type, and we love them too), you may just have “stinky pet syndrome.”
Sensing the Odor of Burt Rubber?
Avoid the risk of fire by shutting down the HVAC system immediately if you smell burned rubber. It could be warning you of a problem with the fan or motor.
The Smell of Gun Powder Shouldn’t Be in the House, Right?
Unless you are in the middle of a western movie set, that is never a good smell. A short circuit or a broken fan motor could be the reason for the gun powder scent. A trained technician can let you know which one it is and how to get it repaired quickly.
Exhaust Fumes Lingering in the Air?
Air conditioners are powered by electricity; however, the motors contain fluids that aid performance. When there is a leak in one of these lines, you may think you are smelling exhaust fumes. Well, that is a repair that needs immediate action. So, give your local HVAC technician a call as soon as you smell exhaust fumes in the air.
Unfortunately, it Could Be Sewage Back-Up
Yes, sewage lines will occasionally back up. When your ductwork is near the issue, you may quickly smell that awful methane gas odor. What’s more than just the odor, you should know that methane gas is hazardous. There is no time to delay here. Call for help from your local HVAC specialist immediately.
Might there be a Dead Rodent in the Ductwork?
If you have ever smelled a dead animal that has been sitting for a day or two, there is no forgetting that smell. While it may only smell like a minor inconvenience today, tomorrow, it will turn to that unmistakable scent of death. So, if a rotten egg smell lingers in the air, it is a telltale sign of rodent activity. Get rid of the decay immediately! Call a qualified local HVAC team to inspect your ductwork and get rid of the odor along with the rodent for good.
Want Your AC to Smell Fresh Rather Than Smell Bad?
Seriously, who wants a home people say is the smelly house on the block? And knowing what to do about AC odor is our job. At Veterans AC and Heat, we know just how to keep your indoor air quality up to par and your AC system smelling fresh and clean. Additionally, there are a few things you can do between maintenance program visits to help minimize the dirty sock or rodent smell in your home.
- First, make a note of the filter expiration dates. The typical times are either once a month or once every three months. AC filters are easy to locate online or in hardware stores, delivered to your door. So, that could indicate a problem with the fan or motor. Try changing the filters if you want a fresh smelling home.
- Now, have the drainage pan checked. Standing water could easily be the source of the bad smell. Try using a wet vac to remove the standing water. Or call your local HVAC professional to get it all clean and fresh properly.
- Did you know that evaporator coils hold moisture and breed bacteria and mold? No one wants that. When your coils need a cleaning, it is best to call for professional services. However, if you’re going to do the cleaning yourself, you can. Make a simple detergent and water mixture and spray it on the coils. Please wait a few minutes to allow time for the dirt and grime to loosen up, then simply wash it away and rinse.
- Leaks are the perfect place for mold, mildew, and bacteria growth. Ensure there are no water leaks on your connections.
- Ductwork holds dust, pet hair, debris, mold, mildew, and bacteria. For the best indoor air, be sure to schedule a thorough cleaning of your ductwork as recommended by your HVAC specialist.
- Contact your local HVAC company to get started with your HVAC Preventative Maintenance Plan.
Preventative Maintenance Takes the Awful Smell Away
As you are well aware, every machine you own needs care. Of course, your car needs oil changes and tune-ups. Likewise, your appliances need thorough cleaning and some repair. And the pool needs maintenance and continual upkeep. So, why should it be any different with your AC system?
Preventative Maintenance Programs provide the following for your HVAC unit.
- They catch issues before they arise.
- Optimize the efficiency of your equipment.
- Optimize performance.
- Ensure clean indoor air quality.
- Including ductwork inspection and clean-out.
Honestly, there is much more these plans can do for your home and your family’s respiratory health. An adequate maintenance plan should have your technician coming out in Spring and Fall to prepare your system for the change in weather.
So, if you are wondering, here are the steps the technician will take to help your system cool your home.
- They will check all air filters and replace them.
- Then, they’ll test the thermostat to ensure it is cycling.
- The tech will check refrigerant levels and look for leaks.
- Then, they will clean the condenser coils.
- And then, tighten all electrical connections.
- Check the gas connections.
- And lubricate the moving parts.
- Finally, they will make recommendations where replacement or repair are needed.
That is why every home should be enrolled in a preventative maintenance HVAC plan to keep the AC running as well as it can and extend the life of that system.
Veterans AC & Heat Will Take Care of and AC that Smells Bad
If your AC smells like dirty socks or perhaps a wet dog, we know you want to have it fixed immediately. So don’t wait another minute. Contact the HVAC specialists near you and get on their list of preferred clients. And if you live in Pinellas or Hillsborough County, Florida, you know just who to call.
Veterans AC and Heat services all equipment brands, installs replacement equipment, and performs semi-annual HVAC maintenance. We focus our efforts and expertise on reducing our customers’ monthly heating and cooling expenses along with extending the useful life of the equipment. So, please don’t suffer another day. If your home smells like dirty socks, call for an HVAC clean-out today.
Veterans AC and Heat will Clean Your HVAC System and Get the Bad Smell Away.