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Different AC Smells What They Mean

Published by Jennifer Fletcher

The warning signs of an air conditioner problem are fairly obvious. For example, do you smell something odd whenever you turn on the air conditioner? This is something that shouldn’t happen with a healthy, well-performing system, so you might want to have it checked out ASAP. A trusted air conditioning service company in the area, Modern Air Solutions Inc. shares what different AC smells can mean here.

Different AC Smells
  • Musty smell. Your air conditioner shouldn’t smell like feet or dirty socks. A musty smell coming from the air conditioner is most likely caused by mold, mildew or bacteria in the evaporator coil. It can also mean your home has a condensation problem.
  • Chemical scent. It’s not a good sign when your air conditioning system emits a sickly-sweet chemical smell. This may indicate a refrigerant leak–an issue that will not only hamper the cooling performance of your AC, but will also lead to system failure if left unchecked. If the smell is accompanied by bubbling or hissing sounds, inconsistent cooling or high energy costs, call a trusted HVAC professional like Modern Air Solutions on the double.
  • Rotten egg odor. If your air conditioner smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, there’s likely nothing wrong with it. What you do need to be wary of, however, is a natural gas leak that’s gotten into your ductwork. This is a safety and health hazard, so shut off your gas supply immediately and open all your windows. Go outside and get in touch with your gas company to have the leak dealt with promptly.

Any unusual smell coming from your air conditioner should prompt a call to your premier local HVAC expert, Modern Air Solutions Inc. Let our NATE-certified technicians perform a comprehensive inspection of your  air conditioner to accurately diagnose the problem and recommend an appropriate, effective solution.

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When it comes to high-quality air conditioner repair and installation, you needn’t look further than Modern Air Solutions Inc. With our superior, effective HVAC solutions, we’ll help you get the most out of your air conditioner’s life and performance. We proudly serve Oswego, IL, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (630) 534-9037 or fill out this contact form to schedule an HVAC evaluation. We’d love to hear from you!

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