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Potential Causes of Air Conditioning Odors

It can be a disconcerting feeling: turning you air conditioner on and expecting cool air to blow in, only to get a nose full of strange, odd or downright unpleasant odors. Air conditioning systems in Savannah homes are particularly vulnerable to odors thanks to our moist, humid climate. Odors can come from a wide variety of causes, but most of the time, they need a professional serviceman to hunt down and remove. Here’s a list of some of the potential causes of air conditioning odors.

  • Mildew. A musty or mildew smell can come from bacterial growth anywhere within the system. Unfortunately, in Savannah, our humid weather makes such growth difficult to prevent. You could also be getting a mildew smell if the AC unit’s drain line has become clogged, leading to standing water in the condensate pan.
  • Burning. A burning smell when you’re running the air conditioner usually means that an electrical component such as the motor is overheating. You need to shut off the AC unit immediately and call in a service technician. Otherwise, you’ll simply cause more damage to the unit.
  • Something in the filter. The air conditioner’s filter is designed to strain dust and other particles out of the air so that they don’t interfere with the internal components. In some cases, it’s possible for mold or some other element to be trapped in the filter, in which case the smell is being blown through the system. Clean or replace the air filter to eliminate the smell.

Regardless of the source of the smell, it’s bound to interfere with your overall quality of life. No one likes an unpleasant odor in the air and your air conditioning system is likely to just keep circulating it until you remove the source of the smell. A Savannah air conditioning repair company like AAction Air can hunt down the potential causes of air conditioning odor and return your unit to its former stat of clean-smelling air. Contact us today to make an appointment; we’re available 24 hours a day in the event of emergencies and we won’t rest until you’re completely satisfied.

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