The temperature is 35c feels like 40c and humidity is at 95% you look to your air conditioning remote to provide you with some sense of relief. And you get hit with? A nasty smell from the pits of hell itself! Its the last thing you expected or want when you try and cool down. Especially in a Brisbane summer and the air is so thick it feels like a smothering hug. So what’s causing this smell and barrier between you and your freedom in a cool haven. We’ll unpack some of the common causes of that dank smell in the points below.
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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Musty and Mouldy?
When you turn your air conditioning system on, one of the most common problems is the sudden onset of musty air filling the room. If your filters are clean, you likely have fungal growth deeper in your air conditioning unit. Mould or mildew will start to grow when moisture is present in the system and is unable to drain or dry quickly. The first step in addressing a musty smell from your air conditioning system is to clean your filters. Most people are capable of doing this themselves; however, if you are uncomfortable doing this or have tried with no success its a good idea to contact an air conditioning company for a deep clean.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Have a Gun Powder or Burning Smell?
Do you get a burning or gun powder smell when you turn your air conditioning on? Better turn it off now and keep it off until an air conditioning tech or electrician can have a look. Electrical faults are serious and need to be addressed with priority. If your air conditioning smells like this you more than likely have a wiring issue, a circuit is shorting out or a motor is overheating. This fix is best left to the professionals.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Of Rotting flesh?
If you smell rotting flesh wafting through your AC vents, then that’s probably what it is. When animals take shelter in your ductwork and get stuck or perish the smell of rotting flesh will quickly fill your house when you turn your air conditioning system on. Not only is the scent pretty foul and unbearable but is extremely unhygienic with fecal matter and bacteria causing issues with your air quality. Contact an air conditioning technician to have your ducts inspected and cleaned asap.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Like Rotten Eggs or Gas?
Can you smell gas, rotten eggs, or worse? If it’s not a rotting carcass in your air conditioning system chances are your AC unit is leaking gas. If your system is leaking refrigerant it can damage your system and create health problems including dizziness, headaches and nausea. If you notice any foul odours you should turn off the ac system and call an air conditioning company immediately for an inspection. Prolonged exposure can lead to more severe health issues.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell of Sweaty feet or Wet Carpet?
Noticing the smell of nasty sweaty feet but your partners nowhere in sight? If you’re not going to own up, you might as well blame the air conditioner. When air conditioning systems aren’t draining correctly or the filters are clogged, they can blow air that smells like dank feet or wet carpet. If your filters are clogged that’s an easy fix you can do yourself. If your system isn’t working as it should you might want to have an ac tech have a look at your system. Continuing to run an ac system with clogged filters or that is running rough can cause further damage to your system resulting in higher repair costs or worse, the recommendation for a new ac system.
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