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Easy Ways to Fix Your AC Smell

August 22, 2021 | Blog

One of the worst things that can happen during a hot summer is a broken air conditioner. The next worst thing is one that works but gives off a horrible smell. Unfortunately, there are a lot of different ways your AC can go wrong and start smelling foul. Lucky for you, no matter what the smell is, it can be fixed! 

Some things you might be able to take care of on your own and some might require professional help. In this blog post, we’ll cover a few of the most common reasons why your AC might be giving off that smell and what you can do to avoid it or fix it. 

Does it smell like fire?

A lot of times, many people don’t smell fire until they turn on the heater function of their HVAC unit, so it can be off-putting to smell it when the AC that you use all the time is giving off that smell. If your AC is giving off a smell of fire, it could be coming from the many electrical components that make up your air conditioning unit. 

Most times, this smell can come from the dust that settles in your unit that eventually gives off a burning smell. This is usually only temporary and will eventually go away on its own. If the smell is constant and doesn’t seem to be going away, it most likely means that whatever component this smell is coming from is on fire. If this is the case, call a professional for help.

Does it smell like feet?

If your air conditioner is giving off the smell of dirty feet, it could mean that your air conditioner is dirty or clogged. This is mostly a moisture issue, which could mean that your drainage system is clogged and is causing standing water and too much moisture. To fix this, you should call a professional to clean the clogged air conditioner as best as possible.

Does it smell like rotten eggs?

Unfortunately, the smell of rotten eggs usually means the death of something inside of your unit. It is common for smaller pests, rodents, birds, and insects to take refuge in the parts of your unit that they can fit in. One way or another, they might meet their end in your ductwork. 

Once you turn on your AC to blow out the cold air, it will push the smell into your home. This can be fixed by yourself or by a professional! If you decide to do it on your own, you will have to identify where the stench is coming from and have the necessary tools to remove whatever it may be. 

Does it smell like a skunk?

One of the most concerning smells that can come from your air conditioning unit is the smell of a skunk. More often than not, this smell means that there is a gas leak coming from somewhere in the system. More specifically, the smell is methyl mercaptan. This is a very dangerous gas that needs to be avoided as quickly as possible by turning off your gas supply as soon as you notice it. As soon as you can, contact your utility providers who will be able to identify and repair the problem. 

Call the Professionals for Help

If you’re experiencing any of these stenches or even more that weren’t mentioned, contact the professionals at Air Clinic DFW to help you get rid of any smell that might be coming from your AC unit. 

We want what’s best for you and we are ready to help however we can! Contact us today for more information!

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