An optimally functioning air conditioning system shouldn’t smell. If you smell an unpleasant odor coming from your vents, you may need air conditioner repair. While it’s not uncommon for a very slight musty scent to emanate from your vents when you first turn on your AC system for the season, you shouldn’t smell mustiness or other smells from your vents routinely. If you do, you can rely on bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio. We can visit your San Antonio, TX, home to find out what’s causing unpleasant smells to come from your vents or AC unit. A continuous odor coming from your AC system is definitely something that you should have our professional HVAC pros check out.
What Causes an AC System to Smell Bad?
When something goes wrong with your AC system, it could produce an unpleasant odor. Remember that while these odors are unpleasant and embarrassing if you have company, they could also be hazardous to your health. Don’t ignore bad AC smells. They could signal the necessity for air conditioning repair.
If you smell an odor like burning or smoke, you likely need air conditioning repair service right away. First, turn off your system. Then contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio so we can send a skilled AC repair technician to your home to thoroughly inspect your air conditioning system. A burning smell is often an indication of an electrical problem. An electrical component may have suffered a short circuit, for example. Another common problem that causes a burning smell is a damaged or failing blower motor, which may need repair or even replacement.
Yes, sometimes an AC problem can smell like foot odors or even smelly socks. No one wants their home to smell like dirty socks. At the first sign of this odor, you can contact us for our prompt air conditioning repair service. Often, this type of odor suggests that the condensate pump has failed or that the condensate drain is clogged. In either case, our AC technicians can sort out the problem for you.
Sometimes the foot odor issue is related to a mold problem. There may be mold growing in your AC evaporator or even in your ductwork. Mold is never something you want growing anywhere in your home as some species can be quite dangerous to people and pets. Mold also isn’t conducive to the longevity of your HVAC system either. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio features professional air duct cleaning in addition to our air conditioning repair service. We feature high-quality vacuuming equipment and sanitizing cleaners to clean your ducts thoroughly.
Musty odors or mildew that lingers can indicate a serious moisture problem. As mentioned, mold is unhealthy, so you need to contend with this type of odor as soon as possible. If the mold is growing on your evaporator or condensate drain, our technicians can quickly address the issue. If there are leaks, we can fix them. If the mold is in your ductwork, you’ll need air duct cleaning to remove it. Don’t attempt to clean your ducts on your own. You could damage your ductwork. HVAC professionals have the training and skills needed to properly clean your San Antonio, TX, home’s air ducts. We also bring the right tools for the job.
If your vents smell like rotten eggs, there could be a gas leak, which is an emergency situation. Though not typically an air conditioning repair issue, a gas leak requires immediate repairs to safeguard your home and its occupants. A propane or even a natural gas leak can dispel odors that get into your ducts. That’s why you may smell that rotten egg odor coming from your air ducts. In this situation, you’ll need the gas company to inspect your gas. You may need a plumber to repair the gas leak if it’s inside of your home.
Gas leaks aren’t the only cause of sulfurous, rotten egg odors. In fact, the issue could be caused by a dead animal such as a mouse or skunk that got trapped in your home’s ductwork. In this case, our air conditioning repair technicians can inspect your ductwork to find out if that’s the issue causing the unpleasant odor. Duct cleaning is in order in these instances.
Any exhaust fume type of smell or chemical odor is a cause of concern. Turn off your air conditioning system if you notice these types of smells and contact us for fast air conditioning repair service. Although refrigerant is odorless, there may be a refrigerant leak that you can smell as the refrigerant is literally “heated” by system components. Not only is that type of odor harmful to the environment; it’s not something you want to breathe in either. In short, your unit should not be releasing any odors that smell similar to car fumes or chemical fumes. Always have a professional HVAC technician inspect this type of problem and make the necessary air conditioning repair.
If you are concerned about any odors coming from your vents when your AC system is in use, call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio right away for our professional air conditioning repair service. We can send an experienced HVAC technician to your San Antonio, TX, home to inspect your unit to determine what’s causing the odor. Then, we’ll provide the repair you need.
Consider contacting us before the summer season for an annual AC system inspection. We can often head off problems like these with our inspection services. Routine maintenance can extend the longevity of your AC system and reduce breakdowns. We also offer heating repair and maintenance solutions as well. Contact us to learn more about our HVAC and plumbing services.