Your HVAC system is engineered to make your home comfortable throughout the hot summer months, as well as during our brief, but chilly winter. Yet, malfunctions can happen. Problems can arise from a variety of issues, from faulty installation to a lack of maintenance to just bad luck. Interestingly, sometimes it’s an unusual smell that signals that it’s time to call for HVAC service. Have you experienced an odd odor emanating from your HVAC system? Here’s what it could indicate.
A musty smell indicates the likelihood of mold. Air conditioners have condensation buildup and produce moisture inside the system. In most cases, the moisture stays within the system and doesn’t cause a problem. However, when the moisture enters the ducts, it can create a musty smell which is a result of a buildup of mold. Air duct cleaning can usually eliminate the mold and the musty smell. However, there may be a more serious problem with the air conditioner that requires the expertise of a skilled HVAC professional. This is particularly true if you also see visible leaks from your HVAC unit or an accumulating puddle. It’s important to remember that mold is not safe to breathe and can cause significant respiratory issues. In other words, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Call today for a technician to identify the source of the mold and to fix the problem ASAP.
Does it smell like something is overheating? It could be your system’s motor or electrical wiring. Don’t take a wait and see approach with this problem. Even a minor electrical smell could be a precursor to a full-blown fire. Turn your unit off with the master shutoff switch and call for an emergency service call.
Natural Gas Smell
The smell of rotten eggs is another potentially serious problem. If you have a gas furnace, it could be a natural gas leak. Because gas leaks can cause dangerous explosions, don’t take matters into your own hands. Call your gas company immediately and stay out of your home until the leak has been repaired.
Unexpected problems happen, and often at the most inconvenient time. This is why it’s important to have an air conditioning and heating service provider that you can rely on when you need help. At Chandler Air, we offer heating and cooling services throughout the greater Phoenix area and even offer 24/7 emergency service. If something doesn’t smell right, give us a call at (480) 899-0267. We’ll figure it out and make any necessary repairs quickly and correctly.