When Your AC Smells Like Mildew
With Spring and Summer just around the corner, many Georgia residents and business owners will turn on their air conditioning units. While fresh air from your AC is a welcome relief from sticky conditions and summertime temperatures in the South, it can certainly put a damper on your mood when air streaming from your AC vent smells like mildew. Thus, if you find yourself in this stinky predicament, here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to mold and mildew growth in your air conditioning unit, the most likely culprit is moisture. While a properly functioning unit should be able to combat the effects of moisture, there are a few reasons why these types of odors continue to occur in HVAC systems. First, take a look at your filters. Do they appear clogged or dirty? By trapping tiny particles, mildew grows easily on filters when they are exposed to moisture. If this happens to you, replacing your filters may be all that’s needed to freshen up your space.
Mildew may also form in and around your HVAC unit from a clogged drip pan. Whether the pan is filling too quickly, or it has been moved, this creates a space for mildew to grow. In some instances, homeowners may be able to see a visible clog. Yet, in other cases, an HVAC technician is needed to inspect the unit. Another common trap for mildew to form is a condensate drain line. This is the line that runs from the coils to the outside of the AC unit, and its job is to remove condensation created by the coils. However, when it is clogged, mildew can collect in or around the coils, creating a less than pleasing odor.
In a similar way, when your HVAC system is not properly removing moisture from the air, excess moisture can form inside the ducts, which creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. This type of issue is not easy to detect by consumers, and usually requires HVAC assistance.
Your Heating and Cooling Specialists
As your heating and cooling specialists, the professionals at ClimateSmith, LLC know what it takes to get rid of your mildew smell. We can assure you—it will not come back. Thus, if your filters are fresh and you can’t see an obvious clog around your unit, do not make assumptions or try to tear apart your unit. Call us! With honesty and integrity, we are proud to provide you with reliable service that you can trust.
Posted on behalf of ClimateSmith, LLC
Alpharetta, GA 30005