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My Air Conditioner Stinks!

By Fahrenheit AC /

Even in Florida, the Winter months of January and February may have you running home and wanting to get the heat going!

Sparking up the heat may cause a burning odor to emerge through your vents. It may not seem like a big deal, especially if you know it’s been months since you’ve turned the heat on and you expect this kind of odor. However, this is not a smell to be ignored! This burning can smell can be caused from an oil leak that is now starting to burn. The burning smell could also be caused by things like debris getting caught in the ducts or wiring that’s burning up. Whatever the case may be, if you smell a burning odor, that’s a red flag! You should shut off the air conditioner and call your AC specialist immediately.

When your AC unit smells like it’s burning, it can be a cause for concern. However, that’s not the only smell that can come from your AC unit. Here are some other smells that will send you investigating:

Rotten Egg Smell

We know how foul this can smell. However, it’s not to be taken lightly. This could potentially be dangerous. The smell of rotten eggs coming from your AC unit could mean that you have a natural gas leak somewhere in your home. If this is the case, make sure you open all the windows in the house and get out of the house. After that, call the gas company.

Musty or Moldy type of Smell

One of the most common smells is the moldy or musty odor. Since condensation happens within the AC unit when it’s running, moisture is involved. If the moisture doesn’t properly drain, this can cause it to end up lingering in places it doesn’t belong. This will cause mold and mildew to build up in the AC unit. If this is what you smell coming from your AC unit, first check your filter. If it looks like it needs to be changed, try that first. If the smell continues, it’s time to call your HVAC specialist.

These are just a few of the odors that can indicate a deeper problem within your AC unit. There are so many other odors that can travel through your vents. If you smell exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, oil, sewage, electrical odors or anything else other than the ordinary, call your air condition service company. Scheduling annual maintenance with your AC company will also help you get ahead of these issues.