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Capable of providing both heating and air conditioning, heat pumps offer an appealing alternative to cooling-only HVAC systems. They keep indoor environments warm all winter and refreshingly cool during the long, warm-weather season in Henderson, NV. A properly installed and well-maintained heat pump should never generate unpleasant odors. Here’s why smells emanating from your system indicate there’s a problem.

A Musty Odor

Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air and moving it elsewhere. As warm air collects an increased amount of moisture than cool air, water vapor also accumulates during the process. A clogged condensate line or dirty evaporator coils can lead to bacteria and algae growth, two examples of biological contaminants. Dirty filters, obstructed vents, or damaged ductwork can also lead to musty odors.

A Burning Smell

Heat pumps rely on a complex system of electrical components to keep the equipment operating smoothly. If not properly maintained, the wiring, connections, or capacitors in poorly maintained systems can wear out over time. If you smell something burning, don’t take chances. Turn off the heat pump and schedule service from a qualified HVAC technician. Signing up for regular HVAC maintenance is the best way to safeguard your household against many electrical hazards.

A Chemical Stench

Split-system heat pumps are typically charged with refrigerant during installation. Hazardous leaks can occur if the system receives either too much or too little refrigerant. Liquid refrigerant has a strong chemical scent that some people compare to rotting oranges. If you suspect your system is leaking refrigerant, take immediate action to limit your exposure. Contact a service technician to recharge HVAC systems.

No matter what type of HVAC system you own, it should never emit a foul stench. If something stinks in your heat pump, contact Infinity Heating and Cooling. Our highly qualified professionals will ensure that when it comes to home comfort, everything’s coming up roses. For more information, check out our repair services or call us today.

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