There is nothing relaxing or comfortable about cool air carrying a strong odor that eventually spreads throughout your home. If you ever find yourself asking “why does my air conditioner smell?” then find the odor that best matches yours below.
First, be certain that the smell is coming from your air conditioning vents and that the source of the foul odor isn't something else, such as an overflowing garbage can or burned macaroni and cheese on the stove. Second, check the air conditioning filter. If it is dirty and clogged, it may not be filtering properly and may be contributing to the problem. Cleaning or changing the filter might not only solve the stinky issue, but it will also help your air conditioner more efficiently and effectively cool your home.
If that doesn't solve the problem, a number of common smells that may emanate from your vents could be the sign of a larger issue. Some are more offensive than others, but if any persist, it might be a sign of trouble for your central air conditioning unit. The following three scents are most common odors that people encounter:
It is imperative that you maintain a clean air filter for your AC unit. Make sure that it is not clogged, dirty, or damp, and change it even if it hasn't lasted as long as the manufacturer suggested. Depending on factors in the home, such as pet hair and cigarette smoke, you may need to change the filter more often than recommended by manufacturers. There are also several types of filters that screen more than just dust, including allergens (pet dander, dust mites, mold spores) and odors (pet odors, cigarette smoke). Such filters are available at home improvement stores or in home improvement departments and prices vary.
Regular maintenance of your AC unit will also help prevent these odors from occurring. When you have an annual inspection, an HVAC specialist will tune-up your central air conditioner and be able to catch little problems before they turn into big, expensive ones. Yearly maintenance will extend the life of your central air conditioning unit.
If you have noticed any of these odors, please contact All Pro AC today for an appointment so that an HVAC professional can determine the source of the smell and find a remedy for the problem.