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How to Get Rid of Air Conditioner Odor
Air conditioners are devices designated to lower the temperature of an area. Most buildings and houses today have air-conditioning units, given the comfort that they provide, especially during summer. The only problem is sometimes their emissions contain not only cool air, but also a strong, pungent scent that can spread quickly, even inside large rooms. If you think that’s bad, imagine how agonizing it is for car owners, with their limited space, to bear bad air conditioner odor.
Air Conditioner Odor Causes
Air conditioner odor is caused by many things. It can be a strong odor picked up from inside or outside the room. It can also be a sign that the unit is in need of some cleaning and maintenance. To give you a clearer picture, here are the causes of bad air conditioner odor:
Clogged Air-Conditioning Drain – Long–running air conditioner odors are caused by a clogged water drain inside the unit. If the air conditioner has not been cleaned for a long time, dirt accumulates and blocks the drainage. As a result, the water is stuck in the condensation chamber, which eventually stagnates and produces a foul odor. That odor then escapes through the emission vent and proceeds to infest your room.
Smoke – Smoke, being a heavy gas, can stay inside the chambers of an air-conditioner. Once the unit is turned on, it exits through the emission vent, bringing along its strong heavy smell in your car or room. The odor usually lasts for about one to five minutes, depending if smoke is still present inside the unit’s vents and chambers.
Dead Animal – Small mice have a habit of touring the crevices behind the walls and beyond the ceiling. They creep inside cracks and sometimes end up inside the pipes that lead to the chambers of your air conditioner. When they perish inside the condensation chamber, you can probably imagine how bad the air conditioner’s odor will be.
Miscellaneous Odors – Just like smoke, other strong odors like your neighbor’s cooking, insecticides or the nasty stench coming from garbage trucks can stay inside the air conditioner. They will unceremoniously exit the device upon opening. Good thing the stench fades after a minute or so, except for the smell of insecticides, which stay much longer.
Accumulated Dirt from the Air Filter – The air filter, in exchange for sieving air, collects dust and other small particles near the air conditioner. When the filter accumulates too much dirt and dust, it can produce a faint pungent odor, which gradually fades. Your real concern is that the odors, coming from the other causes, take a longer time to fade than with a congested filter.
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When you find someone like Frank, you put him on speed dial. He is my go-to person for anything heating/air conditioning/plumbing/electrical–yes, he does it all! He installed a ductless air conditioning system throughout my home and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the entire process. Extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. I only wish I would have found him sooner. Do NOT hesitate to hire him–you will not be disappointed.
~ Jeff E.x