Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Bad? Have you recently turned on your air conditioner only to find your house smelling foul a few minutes later? Dirty Sock Syndrome There is nothing worse than coming home on a hot day and walking into an air conditioned home that smells like a dumpster. If you have just turned your air conditioner on for the first time of the year, this is popularly known as "dirty sock syndrome" and is due to dirt and dust growth on your evaporator coil. If your air conditioner is creating foul smelling air all of the time however, there could be several things occurring. Here are a list of the most popular odors and their likely culprits. Air Conditioner Smells Musty If your air conditioner smells musty when you turn it on, you may have dust, mold or mildew growing in your duct work or indoor coil. Mold thrives in cool, damp and dark areas and the duct work and indoor coil of your home are prime culprits for this to occur. Your air conditioner's job is to actually remove humidity from your home and when that humidity cannot drain properly, mold will begin to grow over time. The only remedy to these issues is to have your duct work cleaned every few years and have maintenance performed on a regular basis to ensure no water is accumulating in the wrong spots. It is also possible to have your evaporator coil cleaned as well to ensure...Read More
HVAC Tips from Sears Heating and Cooling
We’ve been in the HVAC business since 1950, and with that experience comes a lot of knowledge. Read our professional tips here.