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Why Bad Odors Can Mean Your AC Needs Repairs

Noticing foul odors coming from your air conditioner can be bothersome. But many times, these bad odors aren’t just an inconvenience, they can also point to major problems. There are three bad odors in particular that you should give us a call about if you notice them coming from your air vents.

Remember, the air coming from your unit should always be neutral, without any odors whether good or bad. You can keep reading to learn more about why bad odors mean that it’s time to schedule air conditioning repair in Boulder.

Damp or Musty AC Smells

A damp odor can point to moisture developing in your HVAC system. This is dangerous because it creates a perfect environment for mold to develop inside of your unit. A musty odor can mean that mold is already present somewhere in the system. Either way, bad odors are worth scheduling a service appointment so our team can check it out.

You definitely want to catch moisture and mold before the problem has a chance to worsen. Mold infestations can be very difficult to eradicate from your house. It’s better to catch the problem early while it is small rather than waiting until it spreads further into the system.

Rotten Egg Smell

A rotten egg odor usually points to a gas leak. Gas service providers often add this pungent odor to natural gas so that leaks can be identified more easily. Otherwise, natural gas doesn’t have an odor and the leaks can be more difficult to identify, putting your family at a greater risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

If your AC isn’t powered by gas, if the system is combined with a furnace or has any combustion processes, there’s a risk of CO production. This can make the air coming out of vents smell like rotten eggs. If this happens, turn your HVAC system off completely and call right away for service. Even if the problem isn’t with your air conditioner, you still need to get your gas lines checked out.

Burning Odors

A burning smell can indicate a couple of different issues. One is loose wiring, and another is a motor overheating. Either of these problems is serious enough to need to be addressed right away. A burning smell coming from your air conditioner means that there is the potential for a fire since something is already burning up or overheating.

Turn your unit off right away if you smell something burning to prevent the problem from getting worse until our team can get to your home for service. Otherwise, there could be more damage to the system as it continues to operate under hazardous conditions.

Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for air conditioning repair in Boulder.

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