When your air conditioner works properly, it shouldn’t produce any smells. If you smell something odd when it comes on, that indicates something’s wrong. Here are five common reasons your Hilton Head, SC AC could be releasing foul odors.

Dirty Air Filter

The air filter in your AC traps dust, dirt, and other debris. If not regularly replaced, it can become clogged, or biological contaminants can grow on it, causing indoor air quality problems.

Clogged Condensate Drain Line

The indoor part of your air conditioning system has a condensate drain line. It’s job is to route moisture outside your home. If it becomes clogged with debris, bad odors will start to develop.

Burning Smell

When you first turn your AC on for the year, you may notice a faint burning smell for a short time. If the smell doesn’t go away or happens at other times, there’s a problem that requires professional help. A burning smell is usually due to faulty electrical components.

Chemical Odor

If there’s a chemical odor in your home when the AC runs, there could be a refrigerant leak. You should immediately turn your AC off and call a trusted air conditioning repair company. Inhaling refrigerant is dangerous and can even be fatal in some instances.

Ductwork Problems

The ductwork in your home may be the source of the bad smell. If your ductwork is leaky, biological contaminants can grow inside. It might be that vermin, such as mice, got into it and died.

At Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer professional AC repair services, including checking around for unfamiliar odors. We also perform AC installations if repair isn’t the most ideal option, so get in touch today to find out more or to schedule an appointment. Since 1986, we’ve worked tirelessly to serve local residents with safe indoor comfort solutions.

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