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Odors coming from air conditioner vents can prove unpleasant for Sand Key, Florida, residents. Oftentimes, you’ll need to identify the source in order to nip the problem in the bud, but certain smells can indicate something much more damaging is occurring inside your system, which requires immediate attention by an HVAC professional. Here are a few examples of why you might notice strange smells coming from your vents.

Clogged Condensate Drain Line

A musty smell could indicate a clog in the condensate drain line. When this happens, the air conditioner might shut down after only running a short while. There may also be water pooling around the indoor unit. Clogged drain lines provide the perfect environment for mold to breed, which is why you’ll need to address the problem quickly. Call in a professional technician to clean it right the first time.

Dirty Ducts

Ductwork accumulates dust and debris over time, but most homeowners don’t realize there’s a problem until they notice strange smells. When there’s a noticeable decay inside the home, you could have a dead rodent or other animal trapped inside the vents. This scent can range from sickly sweet to a noxious stink depending on the outdoor humidity.

Electric Motors on the Fritz

HVAC systems use electric motors for the air handlers, which can overheat. Anytime you notice an electric smell, there’s a chance the system’s motors are failing or drawing excessive current. Alternatively, an electric odor can also indicate mold inside the ducts, so it’s difficult to tell what the issue is by only describing the smell. Still, you should never take electric smells lightly, as electrical issues have been known to cause fires.

Don’t put off identifying and eliminating those unsavory scents. Call Advanced Cooling Systems at (727) 213-5888 to schedule an HVAC inspection. Our trained technicians will pinpoint the problem and address it before the issue turns into something major.

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