Who’s Got the Funk? (Is it Your AC?)
Foul Odors on the Air May Mean Your AC Needs Repair
Coming home on a hot summer day should feel like stepping into an oasis. But are nasty odors greeting you at the door instead? When the air conditioner in your Brooklyn home starts emitting bad smells, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Turn it off, and you’re sweltering. Keep things cool, and you’re living with a stench.
But the good news is that bad smells from air conditioners can be fixed with a little attention from an HVAC service expert. Petri Plumbing & Heating can diagnose your reeking AC and recommend repairs that will remedy the problem.
Here are a few of the issues that may be plaguing your air conditioner.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Your air conditioner doesn’t just cool the air, it also removes moisture. That water has to go somewhere, so AC units have a condensate drain line to take the moisture out of your home. But sometimes that drain line can become clogged, leading to standing water that breeds mold, mildew and bacteria — all causes of funky smells.
An HVAC service expert can unclog your drain line and get that moisture moving out of your home.
Dirty Evaporator Coils
Condensation can also build up on your evaporator coils, and when that condensation mixes with dust and dirt it can lead to — you guessed it — mold, mildew and bacteria. A service expert can clean those coils and clear the air in your home.
Clogged Air Filter
How long has it been since you changed the air filter in your home? If that filter gets clogged with dust and dirt, it not only leads to bad odors inside, but it also makes your air conditioner work harder, leading to more wear and tear on the unit. Changing your filter regularly can cut down on bad smells and keep your unit functioning efficiently.
If your ductwork isn’t sealed correctly, moisture can get in and lead to even more mold, mildew and bacteria growth. A service expert can inspect your ducts and make sure they aren’t the bad smell culprit. If there is a problem, repairing or cleaning your ducts — or installing an air sanitizer — should fix the problem.
Bad smells from your air conditioner aren’t just inconvenient. They could signal a serious indoor air quality issue that is bad for your health, too. If your AC is emitting a rotten smell, call the HVAC experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating today at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri online to schedule an appointment.