Is your nose assaulted every time your air conditioner turns on in your Henderson, NV, home? A properly working AC system doesn’t smell, so if you’re home smells bad, there’s a problem. Here are some issues that can cause an AC to smell.
You Have a Refrigerant Leak
If you catch a whiff of a sweet chemical smell, you might have a refrigerant leak. Other clues that point to a leak and often accompany the odor include:
- Hissing sounds when the AC runs
- Ice forms on the evaporator coil or refrigerant lines
- It’s become harder to keep your home cool
- Your energy bills have risen
Refrigerant leaks can lead to bigger problems like short-cycling and frozen coils. Have your cooling system inspected promptly if odd smells become the norm in your home.
Your Evaporator Coil Is Dirty
Does your house suddenly smell like a gym locker or dirty socks? These odors often happen when the evaporator coil is filthy. What you smell is bacterial buildup. Routine maintenance performed by qualified service technicians can keep your AC’s evaporator coils from becoming dirty and eliminate odors.
Your Cooling System Has Mechanical Issues
If your home smells like burning plastic when you run your AC, you likely have mechanical problems. Air conditioning problems that cause this odor include a broken capacitator causing the system’s motor to overheat, or a broken fan belt. Lubricating the motor might get rid of the smell.
You might smell burning plastic due to an electrical issue. If you notice this odor when the air conditioner runs, turn it off. Electrical problems can spark fires without warning. Don’t take any chances! Call the best in the business to repair or replace your AC.
You deserve a high-functioning AC that doesn’t stink. To learn more about AC repairs for your cooling system, check out Infinity Heating and Cooling or call to schedule a complimentary estimate.
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