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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell Musty?

When you walk through the door of your home — or shortly after it rains — do you smell something musty in the air? If you do, then your home may be struggling to fight off organic growth and bacteria in its air vents. Dampness welcomes the growth of mold — and it can appear in your HVAC unit very quickly. But that’s not all! There could be other reasons for your home’s funky aroma. Continue reading to learn why your air conditioner is smelling musty and more importantly, what you can do about it:

Reason #1: You May Have a Drain Line Block

A common reason you smell a damp, musty scent is because the drain line of your HVAC system is blocked. A sign is if you see water pooling in your drip pan. Stagnant water welcomes mold to breed. Make sure your drain lines are clear, and you might notice a difference in the way your home smells.

Reason #2: Do You Have the Right Size?

Sometimes homes have HVAC systems that are too large for the size of the home. When this happens, cooled air is moving too quickly and the HVAC system cannot wick the water out of the air at a good rate. The result is the buildup of mold.

Reason #3: Clean Your Evaporator Coils

Organic growths, like mold and bacteria, have a tendency to grow on your HVAC system’s evaporator coils, so you’ll want to clean them thoroughly with disinfectant. The problem with these growths is if you miss any, they will multiply. Cover all your bases!

Does Your Air Conditioner Smell Weird? Weather Engineers is Here to Help!

We all know what the muggy Florida weather season is like. With so much rain — and the threat of hurricanes for a good part of the year — it’s natural for moisture to accrue in your HVAC unit making your air conditioner smell weird. But you don’t want that moisture to stay for long and risk health hazards. Weather Engineers is prepared to mitigate the issues and get your HVAC unit clean and healthy. Contact us today to schedule!

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