Is there an alarming smell coming from the air conditioner in your Panacea, FL, home? Whether your AC smells like exhaust fumes, sulfur or something else, an unusual odor can be the first warning sign that something is seriously wrong. To keep your HVAC unit running smoothly, take a look at the four smells on this list and see what each one usually means.

1. AC Smells Like Exhaust Fumes

It’s probably obvious to you that your air conditioner should never smell like your car’s exhaust pipe, but a refrigerant leak can produce a similar odor. If refrigerant is leaking, it’s time to call a professional after shutting down your system right away.

2. Garbage or Rotten Eggs

An AC unit that smells like rotten eggs or garbage may have a dead animal trapped inside. This is especially common in the winter when small rodents seek shelter from the cold weather. A local pest control professional should be able to remove the deceased animal without any problems.

3. AC Smells Like Sweaty Laundry

A bacterial overgrowth on your AC’s condenser coils can produce this foul odor. Worse yet, bacteria can emit toxins that then get circulated around your home. Fortunately, all you have to do to get your air conditioner in tip-top shape again is call a professional HVAC technician to come out and perform a tune-up and clean the coils.

4. Fire

Don’t mess around and stay in your home if you smell burning wires coming from your AC. The smell is more likely due to a melted circuit than a live fire, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Turn off your AC if you’re near it, and have a technician inspect it after you’re sure that your home is safe.

Usual smells coming from your AC should be taken seriously. To schedule an AC repair appointment with Advanced Air Care Heating and Cooling, reach out to us today.

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