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Why Does Your Air Conditioner Smell & Ways to Fix It

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A properly-functioning air conditioner shouldn’t produce any smell – if you notice an unfamiliar scent, nine times out of ten it means that something is wrong with your system. If it’s been a while since your last tune-up, it might be time for AC maintenance in Cape Coral, which Deep Blue Air, Inc. is glad to take care of.

Common Smells and Solutions

Here are some of the most common smells that come from air conditioners and how you can fix them:

  • Chemicals

Chemical smells (like that of paint thinner) can mean that you have a refrigerant leak. A few other signs of a refrigerant leak include bubbling/hissing sounds when your system runs, ice crystals on the evaporator coil, and high energy bills.

Fix this problem by getting in touch with Deep Blue Air, Inc.. We can locate the leak and repair it in no time.

  • Gas

A gas smell usually doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your AC, but there could be a natural gas leak in your home. In this instance, switch off your gas, open the windows, leave your home, and get in touch with your gas company right away.

  • Musty

A musty, locker room scent can be caused by a dirty evaporator coil that is coated in mold, mildew, and bacteria – usually caused by excess water.

Fix this problem by getting a new filter and scheduling AC maintenance in Cape Coral with Deep Blue Air, Inc.. We’ll clean the evaporator coil and drainage system and get rid of the foul-smelling standing water.

  • Vinegar

A vinegar-like odor can be caused by a number of things, including a dirty filter, excess condensation, a clogged condensation pan/drain line, or moldy ductwork.

To remedy this, first inspect your filter. If you can’t see light through it and it’s been more than three months since you’ve changed it, switch it out. If that doesn’t solve the problem, give Deep Blue Air, Inc. a call.

  • Burning Plastic

If you smell something burning or a fishy smell, you might have an overheating motor, a broken fan belt, or an electrical issue. Such issues should be addressed right away, so turn off your unit and get in touch with us ASAP.

Eradicate Those Foul Smells

No one deserves an air conditioner that smells unpleasant. To get your AC back in working order, give Deep Blue Air, Inc. a call today.

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