The HVAC system in your home might work perfectly to keep you cool, but there’s another element that might disrupt your comfort. Bad odors impact not only your comfort but also your health and can indicate an issue with your AC. Below are five odors to watch for when it comes to the AC in your Allen, TX, home.
This one is easy to determine, as a burning scent from your vents means that something is burning. If you smell something burning or it smells like fire or gunpowder, turn off your HVAC system and call the fire department. Once you’re allowed back in your home, call an HVAC professional to address the issue that caused the burning scent.
There are two reasons you might smell an electrical odor; the first is that there’s dust that the system burns off, which usually goes away after half an hour. The second is that your unit is overheating, in which case you need to turn off your unit and check the air filters before calling an HVAC professional for maintenance or duct cleaning.
You might think that exhaust fumes only come from combustion vehicles, but your AC can sometimes produce them, too. This usually means that you have a fluid leak into the motor or other heated part of the system. This is not a job to fix yourself; rather, you should contact a professional for maintenance.
This odor is a sign of organic growth. Organic growth often occurs when condensation doesn’t drain properly. This growth affects your indoor air quality and your health, leading to a number of potential health issues ranging from increased allergy and asthma symptoms to respiratory diseases.
If you smell rotting eggs where there are none, this typically indicates a natural gas leak. Natural gas is odorless, but utility companies add this scent to alert people of a gas leak. If you smell rotting eggs, open the windows, leave your home, and call the gas company.
Don’t take unusual odors coming from your HVAC system lightly. When you smell something coming from your AC, you need to take action immediately. Contact All Service Heating & Air today for your HVAC maintenance needs.
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