As temperatures warm and homeowners turn the air conditioning on for the first time, many will notice odd odors. Some of them are nothing to worry about and are only there temporarily due to dust that might be lining the ducts. However, other smells are a cause for concern. What are the odors that you need to pay attention to from your HVAC system?
A Musty or Mildew-Like Odor
Mold and mildew are a big problem for many homeowners, and they can both occur in HVAC ductwork easily. When your air conditioner cools your home in the summer, the moisture that is produced in the process often ends up sitting in the ductwork or the unit. Because your house might still be warm due to the summer heat, the combination of moisture and warmth is an ideal environment for mold growth. If you notice a musty smell from your air conditioning system, you should contact an HVAC technician to have it inspected.
Your HVAC System Produces An Electrical or Smoke Smell
Whenever you notice a scent coming from your AC like a burning or a hot electric smell, you should take action immediately. HVAC systems are made up of many different components that could potentially wear down or catch on fire, and acting fast is key to preventing a house fire from starting. Turn off the air conditioner immediately and call the fire department. Your trusted HVAC technician will be able to evaluate the unit and recommend repairs once the threat of fire is over.
A Foul Sewage Scent
If your sewer line is backed up or damaged, it can create an extremely foul smell in your basement. In many cases, the smell is so pungent that it will work its way up through your ductwork and you will notice it when your air conditioner kicks on. The smell that we associate with sewage is methane gas, and it is hazardous to your health. A plumber and an HVAC technician can help address the issue and make sure that there are no sewage problems leading to foul odors.
An Exhaust-Like Smell from Your HVAC is never good
Air conditioners are not powered by gas, which is why it can be alarming to notice a sense similar to car exhaust or gas coming out of your vents. Air conditioners have many different components inside of them, as well as many different chemicals. If fluids or other chemicals are burned inside of your air conditioner due to a malfunction, it can be dangerous to your health to breathe them in. Call your trusted HVAC professional to evaluate your air conditioner and determine what is causing the smell.
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