Your AC can smell a little musty when you first start using it for the year. If strange smells from the AC in your Creola, AL, home have become more common, it’s important to understand what they mean.

Dirty Sock Smell from AC

The smell of dirty socks comes from the condenser. Bacteria can grow on the condenser coils, which HVAC professionals can inspect and clean.

Trash Smell

If your AC turns on on and you smell a strong odor, something may have died in or near your ductwork system. Small animals can seek ductwork and attics during the cooler months and die before the weather gets warmer. You should open the windows, shut the system off and call an HVAC specialist.

AC Electrical Smell

If there’s an electrical smell coming from your HVAC system, it could be overheating. You should shut off the system and check the air filter to see if there is excess dust. Our professionals can inspect and repair your air conditioning system.

Usually, electrical smells are from wiring or the motor. Don’t fix electrical issues yourself because it can be very dangerous. Call for a service appointment with a professional HVAC technician.

Cigarette Smoke Smell

Your evaporator coil and filter absorb all sorts of odors from the air. If you smoke in your home, the system will smell like stale smoke over time. To get rid of the tobacco smoke smell, you should only smoke outside, change your air filters as directed and have your AC cleaned regularly.

Another common smell from your AC is exhaust fumes. There is no combustion engine in your air conditioning system, but certain liquids smell like exhaust fumes when they heat. If you need any AC repairs or inspections, call us at Air Specialty to schedule an appointment today.

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