During the summertime, the air conditioner is our best friend. It cools us down without any objection. It refreshes our warm bodies that are subject to the suns extreme heat, so that we can sleep soundly at night. However, there are instances when your AC breaks down and instead of delivering the cool air that we need, it gives off warm air instead. There are several reasons for this. It may be because of a faulty compressor, or the refrigerant may be low. Regrettably, your AC blowing off warm air is not the only issue that can plague your air conditioner. There are other issues more serious than that such as when your AC delivers smelly air.
Imagine having to breathe the smelly air that permeates your room, even if it is already cool. It is not a nice picture, right? An AC that gives off a strong smell is not natural and signals that something is wrong. Several issues can be the culprit to the smelly smell coming from your AC, and they might necessitate the need for an AC repair service.
YOUR AC IS NOT THE RIGHT SIZE
Many homeowners are familiar with the ACs primary function to cool their home. But an AC is also responsible in dehumidifying your home. An AC also performs other significant functions such as removing the heat from the air, as well as removing moisture in the house. Most people have the misconception that a bigger AC is better at delivering cool air into your home. In a way, it has some logic. But then, an AC that is too big for your room limits it from doing an entire cycle and as a result, it cannot remove the excess humidity in the air.
You may think an unusually big AC is okay because the room is cool enough, concealing the fact that the air you are breathing is no longer healthy. It has detrimental effects during extremely warm days. By then, the humidity in the room starts to accumulate, and mold and mildew start to stick to the ACs excess moisture and accumulate in its interior parts. When the air goes through these parts filled with molds, mildew spores are spread all over the room along with the distinctive dirty sock smell associated with it. To solve this stinky dilemma, you can opt to let the humidifier run longer, or switch to an AC that is properly sized for your room.
AN OBSTRUCTED CONDENSATION DRAIN
The benefits of a dehumidifier are significant, but sometimes it is also responsible for the smell given off by the AC when it backs up at the condensation drain. The evaporator coil can get very cold when the AC is running, it can even form a frost layer at the top. The frosted layer begins to condensate and drain outside your home as the warm air from inside your home passes through this coil. The pan outside your home becomes obstructed when debris accumulates. As a result, the condensed liquid do not have anywhere to go. Mold and mildew grow and thrive in this kind of environment.
A sharp and thin item can clear the obstruction on the drain. If using that does not work, and the problem persists, you have no choice but to ask for help from a certified repairman of a prominent AC repair company. The most probable reason it persists is that the pan has cracked and in need of a replacement. You can count that the technician will give you a conclusive diagnosis.
DIRTY INTERNAL COILS
An AC functions by letting the warm air pass over the cooling coils that cools the air before dispersing it throughout the room. Sometimes the AC starts to give off the smelly air when dirt and bacteria build up on these internal coils. Before the cold air goes out into the room, the air pass through these coils so the stinky smell is picked up and permeates throughout the room. What you can do on your own is to pull the plug of your AC and clean the interior with compressed air.
Air goes through the filter whenever it is cycled by the AC to ensure that it is safe for humans. A common issue experienced by AC owners who do not change their filters frequently enough is obstructed air. There is also the possibility of the air picking up the stench of the gunk it just passed over. The filters on your AC must be ideally replaced at least monthly if the AC is being used on a daily basis. The stench from your AC is not the only disadvantage of having an obstructed filter, it will also increase your energy bills as the AC goes through undue stress to compensate for the decrease in air volume.
A DEAD ANIMAL STUCK INSIDE THE UNIT
Molds pale in comparison to finding a dead animal trapped inside your AC unit. It is not a common scenario, but it does happen. Animals usually get trapped and eventually die inside the vents or get stuck at the exterior of the AC unit. They can get stinky, and the usual victims are birds, possums or rats that meddle with your homes ventilation system. Of course, you want to get rid of them as soon as you can. Not only because you are not comfortable with their very presence, and they are stinky too, but because of the potential health risks they impose. Dont hesitate to call an expert from an AC repair service to get rid of them for you. Their services are necessary because you obviously do not want to touch them directly, but certain parts of the duct system must be removed to get hold of the dead animal. It might be a little expensive to have them removed, but being able to enjoy the cool temperature you desire minus the stinky smell is all worth it.
As a general rule to remember, most ACs do not smell. If something does not smell right, it signals a potential problem with your unit that needs your attention right away.
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