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How to Fix an Air Conditioning Unit That Smells Bad?

Have you noticed a nasty smell in your home, that seems to creep out when the air conditioner is running? This can point to problems with your aircon and if not addressed, can even lead to your health being compromised.

If you have your air conditioning running frequently, it’s likely to need some maintenance at some point. Call in your local Brisbane aircon specialists who can put a maintenance plan in place. And make sure you check the filters frequently because these can often be the culprit for bad smells. Dust, dirt, and pathogens can get caught in the filters and when left too long, turn a bit smelly. Here are some other reasons your aircon could be giving off nasty odours.

Aircon is Leaking

A leaking air conditioning unit is a common problem, especially when they get older or are not maintained. The refrigerants in the aircon units are chemical gases, some of which can be toxic at high concentrations. If left to leak, it’s possible to experience dizziness, nausea, skin irritation, and headaches. So, if you notice a leak that’s causing a bad smell, call in your local aircon specialists as fast as you can.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew love to grow in damp, dirty areas and can grow in various forms like black spots, white fuzzy patches or a slimy orange film. If they are left to build up in your aircon, they can agitate those with allergies or asthma. Get some rubber gloves and a torch and have a look around inside your unit for tell-tale signs. If you spot mold or mildew, you need to wipe everything down with a clean cloth and a powerful cleaning agent.

Condensate Line is Clogged

The condensate line removes moisture collected by the evaporator coil while air passes it by. If the line gets clogged, this can lead to water not draining away, leading to a stinky smell. While the smell is an issue, this stagnant water can lead to mold and bacteria growth which again can lead to affecting health. It’s recommended to call in your local Brisbane aircon specialists to deal with clogs.

Animal Waste

Pests and rodents get everywhere – even into your air conditioning units! A rat or mouse can pass through the unit leaving their droppings, or a small rodent could have died inside. Both of these situations of course will lead to a bad smell and need to be dealt with. Open up the unit to inspect it yourself and clean out any rogue pests and their droppings. And if your property does suffer from regular pest invasions, it’s advised to get the pest experts in, to save you money and headaches in the future.

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