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3 AC Smells You Shouldn’t Ignore

June 26, 2023 | Blog

When your AC system has a foul odor, you may be wondering why it’s making that smell. Is it dangerous, or is it normal? When you’re asking these questions, Southern Air Mississippi is here to help!

Your AC could have a bad smell for all kinds of reasons. Here are 3 types of smells you shouldn’t ignore when they’re coming from your HVAC system.

Your AC Smells Like Sweet Chemicals Or Car Exhaust

Your residential air conditioner runs on all kinds of belts and gears, but not on a car engine. When you smell something like car exhaust coming from your system, it could be a sign that your refrigerant line has a leak. This isn’t the only smell that can point to a leak though. Refrigerant can also have a sweet or chloroform-like smell to it.

The refrigerant in your HVAC unit is responsible for absorbing the heat from the indoor air so you can enjoy cool air during those hot months. However, this chemical is meant to stay inside your unit. If it leaks, it can be very dangerous for your home.

Contact our team if you think your system has a chemical leak. Our technicians have the tools necessary to clear out any refrigerant leak you may have in your home. Until then, be sure to keep your home well ventilated to protect your family from breathing in the chemicals.

Your AC Smells Like It’s Burning

If your cooling system smells like it’s burning, it could be due to one of two reasons. If you’ve kept your HVAC system off for the cooler months, it may have collected dust over time. When you turn it back on for the summer, the heat of your system could be burning off the dust. This is a very common smell, and it should go away after all the dust burns off.

The other reason why your AC smells like it’s burning is more serious. If it smells like electrical components are burning, your parts could be overheating. Some components that could lead to a burning smell include problems with your system’s fans, wiring or compressors.

If these parts haven’t been replaced or inspected in a while, they could overheat. Contact a local technician to get that electrical smell corrected before your parts cause damage to your system.

Your AC Smells Musty

Especially in humid areas like Mississippi, we know how foul a musty smell can be. When there’s a lot of moisture or humidity in your home, this can result in the growth of mold and mildew. These can even grow in your air vents and spread throughout your home when your air conditioner is running.

Mold and mildew growth can seriously affect your household’s health if it lingers for too long. The best way to protect your home from these growths is to get your vents properly cleaned by a trained professional. Get a hold of your local specialists at Southern Air to provide the air quality solutions you need.

Southern Air Is Here To Help With Your McComb AC Repair

If you’re looking for professional AC maintenance to prepare for the summer months, contact Southern Air Mississippi! Our team can help remove any unpleasant AC odors you have in your home and get you ready to enjoy your cooling system again. Contact us for a consultation today!

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