Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
If your air conditioning unit runs efficiently, you won't experience any strange smells. An unusual smell coming from your unit indicates that there are issues that need to be resolved. Remember that AC odor concerns don't necessarily mean that you'll have to part an expensive repair bill. It could be that you have mold growth due to excessive condensation or a dirty air filter. This guide shares the common AC smells that will require you to seek the intervention of an AC repair technician.
Gun Powder Smells
When you notice a gun powder or a smell like something is burning, switch it off your air conditioning unit immediately. This problem could be arising from frayed wiring, or one of the AC components could have overheated. If you continue using your unit in this state, you're at risk of a fire outbreak, and your unit may break down and need to be replaced. An air conditioning expert will assess your unit for the extent of the damaged components and advise on the need for repairs or replacement.
When you notice chemical smells like paint thinner or formaldehyde coming from your air conditioner, turn it off and seek the help of a repair technician. A chemical smell coming from your air conditioner means that you have a refrigerant leak. Besides posing a health risk to you and your family, this issue indicates that your unit is about to malfunction. If you contact your AC repair technician when the problem starts, they can quickly repair the leak and recharge your AC with the correct amount of refrigerant.
Mold and Mildew Smells
When you notice mold and mildew smells coming from your AC unit, it's a sign that condensation has built up in your unit. In the event that the moisture doesn't drain properly, it may escape and eventually settle in your air ducts, causes mold formation in the ductwork. This mostly happens when you have a clog in the condensate drain line. Contact an air conditioning repair technician to help you unblock your condensate line and remove mildew and mold from the air ducts on the first sign of this smells. Remember that mold can cause your family to develop respiratory complications, which is why you should avoid using your AC until you resolve this issue.
If you encounter any of the air conditioning smells mentioned above, ensure that you seek the help of an experienced air conditioning repair technician. Such professionals will check your system for issues and fix them as soon as possible.