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Does Your Air Conditioner Stink? What You Need to Know

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With the weather warming up for the season, many homeowners are turning on their central air conditioning for the first time this year. If you turn yours on only to notice a foul odor in your home, that's a sign that something isn't right. Instead of trying to cover it up with scented filters and air fresheners, here's a look at some of the common causes of air conditioning odors so you can address the problem at its source.

Locker Room Odor

If you're smelling a locker room odor or something that resembles dirty socks coming from your air conditioning vents, that is often caused by bacteria forming because of standing water or clogs in the condensate drain line. 

Whether it's the drain pan, the drain line, or even your evaporator coils, these are all easily resolved. You can check the drain pan at the base of your air conditioning unit. Dump it and clean it if there's any water sitting in it. Make sure you clean and rinse it thoroughly, though. Any slime or bacteria residue can cause a repeat of the odor.

You should also reach out to an air conditioning repair technician to have the drain line inspected. Sometimes the drain line gets clogged, which is why the water stands in the drain pan. Your technician can flush the drain line and clean the evaporator coils at the same time to help eliminate the source of the odor.

Musty Odor

Musty smells are one of the most common complaints with household air conditioning. Musty odors are typically caused by mold. If you're noticing a musty odor coming from your air conditioning vents, you'll need to reach out to an air conditioning service technician. Don't try to deal with it on your own because you won't have the expertise to identify all of the potential problem areas or to remove the mold in such a way that it doesn't come right back.

Your technician will clean the problem areas of the air conditioning unit itself and may also inspect and clean your air ducts, just in case mold spores have settled in the ducts. It's important that you address potential mold problems as quickly as possible because mold can pose a health hazard.

Burning Odor

If it smells like something is burning when your air conditioner turns on, there's a good chance that something might be. It's often caused by an electrical short or a wire burning inside the unit. As soon as you smell burning coming from your air conditioner, you should shut the unit off. The sooner you turn it off, the less risk of damage you'll have.

Contact an air conditioning repair technician right away to identify the malfunction and repair it before you turn the unit on again.

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12 June 2020