Your HVAC system is one of those appliances that often goes unnoticed until there is a problem or it is time for your annual maintenance. One such problem is your HVAC starting to smell. When your air conditioning and heating system is functioning properly, it should be silent and odorless. However, if you start to smell something when your air conditioner or heater is in use, then it could be a cause for concern. In this two-part series, we will explore some of the different smells that may come from your HVAC system, and what they mean.

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Burning Smell

A burning smell is one of the most common odors that you may encounter coming from your HVAC system. This smell can be caused by a number of different things, and not all of them mean that your heating or air conditioning unit is failing. For example, when you first start to use your heating system when it starts to get colder, you may smell a burning, electrical smell the first few times the heater goes through its cycle. This is normal and often is a result of dust burning off, and it will eventually go away on its own. However, if the smell doesn’t go away within the first hour, it may be a good idea to call your HVAC company and have them take a look.

Additionally, a burning smell could be the result of a dirty air filter or an electrical issue. Make sure your HVAC system is completely shut off before you investigate. If the air filter looks clean, then you may want to call your HVAC company to ensure that there isn’t a bigger, electrical problem that you need to be concerned about.

Moldy Smell

A moldy or mildew smell coming from your HVAC system is also a common problem that you might experience every so often, especially after you’ve used your air conditioning for a while. When your AC is running, there is a lot of condensation that can form in the ducts and within the unit. If the moisture is not draining properly, it can cause a buildup and eventually start to grow mold. In order to solve this problem, your HVAC technician will need to locate the area where the mold is growing and clean it. Once the area is free of mold, your technician will also be able to ensure the problem doesn’t occur again.

Interested in Learning More?

Strange smells coming from your HVAC system can be alarming, but if you live in New Jersey, then our HVAC company is here to give you insight into the true cause of any strange smells and repair your HVAC system when needed. Whether you’re interested in an HVAC repair, replacement, or maintenance, you can count on our team. Browse our website to learn more, and give us a call today!

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