Your air conditioner works hard to keep your Montgomery home cool and comfortable, but unpleasant odors can make your system more of a hazard than a help. If your air conditioner is giving off bad odors, there are several possible causes you should know about.

Pollutants in the HVAC System

Your outdoor air conditioning unit can play host to a number of unwanted elements. You may have mold, mildew, decaying vegetation, or even a dead animal inside, all of which can create a foul odor. The condensate drain line is another common source of unpleasant odors. Here, mold and mildew are the likely culprits.

Do not attempt to disassemble and explore the unit yourself. Your HVAC technician can flush out the line to kill mold, mildew, or fungi. He may also clean the drain pan at the same time to eliminate other possible causes of unpleasant odors in this damp spot. Indoor components, such as the ductwork could also become contaminated. A professional will thoroughly clean the system, including areas you were not aware of or unable to access.

Dirty Filters

You should change or clean your air conditioner’s filter at least once a month. Whether you replace or clean the filter, and the frequency with which that needs to occur, will depend on the type of filter and the conditions in your home. Replacing or cleaning the filter improves your system’s efficiency as well as the indoor air quality. If you have not been changing your filter regularly, you could be jeopardizing the health of persons in your household.

Regular Maintenance

You should have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year to keep it in top condition. Regular maintenance includes a thorough cleaning that will help to prevent the kind of build-up that is typically the source of bad odors in your system. Your HVAC technician will also be able to identify any other problem that could lead to system malfunction.

Contact Air Conditioning by Luquire if you are in the Montgomery, Alabama area, and you are experiencing problems with odors in your system. Our team has the training and expertise to efficiently identify the source of problems and provide effective solutions. Call us today at 334-230-5870 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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