Is the HVAC in your home producing strange and smelly odors? If so, this could indicate an issue with your HVAC system, and it should be inspected and serviced immediately. HVAC odors can significantly impact your indoor air quality, jeopardizing your home’s comfort, health, and safety and its occupants. Continue reading to identify three common HVAC odors and their causes.
Almost everyone is familiar with a rotting smell. It can be extremely disgusting and nauseating whether it smells like rotting eggs or garbage. However, when you’re experiencing a rotting smell coming out of your air ducts every time you turn on your HVAC, it’s a problem. HVAC rotting smells typically indicate a dead animal is trapped in your air ducts, and its remains should be removed, or your system has a gas leak. You should shut your system down, open your windows, and vacate the premises immediately until the leak is located and repaired.
Musty and mildew odors are some of the most common smells homeowners complain about when activating their HVAC system. If your HVAC smells like must or mildew, it’s typically a sign indicating built-up moisture in your system and mold and mildew have accumulated within your air ducts. It’s important to have your home’s air ducts cleaned regularly to prevent this issue. Not only do mold and mildew make the smell in your home unpleasant, but they raise serious health concerns for your home and its occupants.
Chemical odors coming from your HVAC can be overwhelming. Typically, they’re a sign indicating several issues with your HVAC system, including open chemical containers near the air vents in your home or ozone leaking from your electrostatic air filter. However, refrigerant leaks are the most common issue linked with chemical odors, and considering your system needs refrigerant to cool your home properly. If your refrigerant is leaking, your HVAC should be serviced immediately to have your refrigerant replaced, especially during the warm seasons. Refrigerant leaks can make it difficult for your system to reach and maintain designated temperatures in your home, resulting in increased energy bills.
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