When you turn up your AC are you hit by a foul, musty odor? The odor can be not just repulsive, but it can affect the performance of the air conditioner negatively, not to mention that it poses genuine health concerns for you and your family!

In all likelihood, the primary reason for your air conditioner smelling is the lack of upkeep. If you don’t take steps to regularly clean and clear your air conditioner, then it will likely develop mold, or it may have a clogged air filter. Simply, regular cleaning can also make a huge difference, not just in terms of preventing odors from emerging but also enhancing the useful life of your HVAC system.

Among the most common reasons of a foul odor emanating from your air conditioner is a clogged filter. The filter inside your air conditioner gets covered with dust and other small particles over time. The purpose of the filter is to keep this debris out from other parts of the air conditioner. But, there comes a time when the debris buildup is beyond a certain limit, and the air conditioner starts to smell. In addition, a clogged filter does not let air pass easily through the air conditioner. This not only intensifies the odor, but it can also hamper the performance of your system. The filter can become more clogged if you have pets in the house. Your pet’s fur can get into your system and clog up the air filter.

Unless you have already put in a new filter recently, it is likely that the odor is being caused by the buildup of dust and debris on the air filter. In that case, the correct option is to replace your air filter and put in a new one. If it was causing the problem, the odor should go away in a matter of minutes.

Another cause of odors can be mold and mildew. The internal components of an air conditioner become moist whenever the system turns on, especially if you live in a humid area like Florida. In addition, if your unit is not cleaned properly, the accumulated dust combines with moisture, and this can lead to the growth of bacteria that eventually turns into mold and mildew. It is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which cause mold, thereby highlighting the importance of keeping your air conditioner clean and routinely maintained. The issue is that mold & mildew can grow and spread to any part of your air conditioner. So, if you suspect this is the root cause of the odor, you might have to have your HVAC system checked out.

Rather than waiting for the problem to grow to a level where your AC system starts to smell, it is best to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are some basic measures you can take to prevent odors in your air conditioner, including keeping your filter fresh and making sure that regular routine maintenance is part of your HVAC plan going forward.

Get in touch with the friendly folks over at Altman’s Cooling and Heating by calling 321-300-1407, and we can help you address odors emanating from your AC in addition to helping you with a maintenance plan so you can count on fresh cool, delicious air all year round!