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Here Is What You Should Know About Commercial HVAC Odors

Air Conditioners and Strong OdorsOne of the first signs that the indoor air quality of a building is deteriorating is often the presence of unwanted odors. When detected, the immediate action is to track down the source and rectify whatever issue is causing it. Sometimes, that cause is organic, with mold and mildew being frequent culprits. Other times, chemicals might be getting into the HVAC system. Continue reading to learn more about commercial HVAC odors and how they can impact your property. 

Can Your HVAC Systems Have A Bad Smell?

It’s unfortunate, but HVAC systems can sometimes emit unpleasant odors. Various commercial HVAC odors can arise, and many sources can cause them. Some of the most frequent smells include burning odors, rotting egg-like odors, chemical odors, and musty scents. It’s essential to note that the sources of these smells can be hazardous to health and have varying degrees of toxicity. For instance, the smell of rotten eggs usually indicates a natural gas leak in the air system, which can be fatal.

Does HVAC Leaks Have A Smell?

Certain smells can cause concern because they may adversely affect health. For instance, the smell of antifreeze, ether, chloroform, paint thinner, or sweet scents could indicate refrigerant leaks. In such cases, contacting us immediately for investigation is crucial as this type of leak poses a significant environmental and health hazard.


Refrigerant leaks are usually the root cause of chemical smells emanating from commercial HVAC systems. A comprehensive cooling system inspection is generally required to track down the source. Henick-Lane, Inc., with over five decades of experience, is adept at identifying and resolving odor issues arising from commercial HVAC systems.

Tips For Removing Bad Smells

Regular HVAC maintenance can help eliminate odors and prevent their return. Air filters should be changed every 1-3 months, and air ducts should be cleaned to remove debris, dust, mold, and mildew. General maintenance, such as checking for leaks and cleaning coils, can prevent odor problems.

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William E. Kingswell has been a distinguished commercial and residential heating and cooling service provider since 1937. We have provided unmatched customer service to all of our clients. We enjoy being the preferred HVAC equipment distributor of countless customers. We offer a comprehensive range of high-quality heat pumps, boilers, unit heaters, HVAC accessories, and more. William E. Kingswell works with businesses and homeowners throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, including Baltimore, Frederick, Annapolis, Fairfax, Manassas, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach, and Leesburg. To learn more about our extensive range of SpacePak, Concord, Allied Commercial, and Bard HVAC equipment, call us at 301-937-1900 or contact us today.

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