What May Be Causing Odor in Your HVAC System?

HVAC Atlanta

Spring is quickly approaching, which means air conditioners across Atlanta will be turned back on as homeowners try to beat the heat and humidity the city is known for. However, after many months of HVAC hibernation, you nose may be greeted with some strange and not-so-subtle smells coming through your air vents. Here’s a look at some of the common causes of funky smells in HVAC systems.

Humidity and Moisture
Residential A/C systems help to reduce moisture in the air while also lowering overall temperature. However, a malfunctioning HVAC system can actually cycle humid air through your home, causing moisture in the air to mix with dirt, dust, and other debris that may already exist in your air ducts. This creates a musty smell that can only be addressed through HVAC duct cleaning and air conditioner repair.

Mold Growth
Chronic moisture in your air ducts can encourage mold growth. Many homeowners liken the smell of mold growth to dirty socks, and the odor can become stronger the longer you allow mold to continue growing. This is another issue that your HVAC repair and maintenance experts should address, as mold can easily spread through your home from your HVAC system.

Decomposing Pests
Rodents, birds, and other pests often find their way into a home’s crevices during cold winter months to try and stay warm. If one were to get trapped in your air ducts and die, that decomposing smell will spread through your home very quickly. Calling an HVAC specialist to inspect your ducts and remove the source of the odor, potentially followed by HVAC duct cleaning, will address this issue.

No matter what residential HVAC issues you’re running into this year, Atlanta’s heating and cooling experts at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We specialize in all kinds of HVAC services in Atlanta, including replacement, maintenance, repairs, and more. Call (404) 361-6560 to find out more.

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