Many of us install air conditioners in our homes to feel more comfortable. When your cooling system begins to emit unpleasant odors, it’s more than just annoying. It can have a significant impact on your home’s comfort level.
Why does my air conditioner have a foul odor when it’s running? Freon smells like chemicals. What should I do? In our role as HVAC contractors like heating and cooling in Hamilton, we are frequently asked these questions by both homeowners and business owners. An offensive odor coming from your air conditioner is never pleasing.
Read further to know what these odors mean –
1. Smells Like Dirty Socks Or Stinky Feet
Foul-smelling feet and dirty socks can result from clogged drain pans, dirty evaporator coils, and stagnant water. Professional cleaning like AC tune-up in Hamilton, ON is the answer.
2. Smell Of Tobacco Smoke
People who smoke in their homes leave odors that can accumulate in the filters and evaporators. Stale cigarette smoke may be detected when the air conditioner is turned on. Only smoke outdoors. Replace air filters, have your vehicle serviced by a professional, and change the air filter regularly.
3. Sewage Smells
As a result of dry P-traps, sewer gases can back up into the home. Try running the water in all of your sinks every month to fill the P-trap and seal out sewage smells. It’s possible that you have a clogged sewer line or that your vent pipe has burst. Gases from sewers can be hazardous. Contact a professional plumber or HVAC technician as soon as possible to resolve the issue.
4. Rotting Carcass Or Dirty Trash
An animal that has died in your HVAC system or ductwork will leave an unmistakable scent behind. Better to detect decomposition as soon as possible. But, turn off the air conditioning system first and then open doors and windows to allow for more natural ventilation.
5. Smell Of Burning Wood
If a burning wood odor is coming from your device, an overheating motor, a wiring problem, or some other mechanical issue could be to blame. Immediately shut off the HVAC system at the breaker box.
6. Gunpowder-Like Smell
Firefighters should be called as soon as a burning smell is detected. In some cases, the smell of fish or rotten eggs can be released when plastic components are melting. Turn off the power to the circuits from the breaker box and evacuate the home without further delay.
7. Rotten Egg Smell
When your air conditioner starts smelling of rotten eggs, you really should not ignore it. It could be a gas leak. Ethyl Mercaptan is added to natural gas or LPG to give it that distinctive smell of rotten eggs. As another sign of a gas leak, grass or shrubs that have turned a pale brown/orange can be seen along the path.