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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell When I First Turn It On?

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Turning your air conditioner on for the first time in the summer can often create a not so pleasant smell. Rest assured, it’s not uncommon for your air conditioner to smell the first time you turn it back on for the summer season. It’s so common in fact, that it’s earned its own nickname, “Dirty Sock Syndrome.”

Due to the long winter, your air conditioner hasn’t been used in months. During this time dust and dirt have had time to collect and lead to mold and mildew (the source of the smell).

 Mold and mildew can usually be found on these sources:

How to get rid of the smell

Change your air filter

Air filters gather dust and dirt from the air that can accelerate mildew growth when exposed to moisture. If you haven’t changed your system’s filter since last summer your whole home may be getting dirty air blown back into it.

Check your evaporator coil

The evaporator coil becomes both cool and damp, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow.

Schedule a duct cleaning

Poorly sealed ductwork or an AC system that is not removing moisture from the air as well as it should can lead to mold and mildew growth. Having your ducts cleaned can help improve your health and safety by eliminating bacteria and germs from source and re-circulate air, leaving your home cleaner.

One of the best ways to keep your air conditioner working properly is to have routine maintenance performed throughout the year. Our team at Drake Heating & Air have always been focused on providing our customers with top-notch customer service. Contact us today for your air conditioning service needs.

 

 

 

 

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith
22:38 27 Feb 21
I called Drake HVAC on athursday night after my furnace would not work. The technician, Thomas, called back in few minutes to let me know he was available to come after the call he was currently on. When he arrived he quickly had the furnace starting again but shut it down to diagnose the problem. About an hour later he had options for that included a complete replacement of the system which thankfully was not necessary(it is 20 years old). The I did choose included the replacement of two components which he believed would take the weekend to get in. Fortunately, those parts were in the next day and Thomas returned to install them and clean the blower assembly which had 20 years of dust and debris(dryer lint) built up on it. Thomas was quick, efficient, courteous, and knowledgable, completing the job in a few hours. I am happy to say after a few days the unit is much quieter and I am comforted to have a reliable furnace.
Dave McPike
Dave McPike
13:12 25 Feb 21
Always reliable, professional, and great communication. Highly recommend. Also had them return for duct cleaning. Tommy and John did a very thorough job.
Melissa Laux
Melissa Laux
20:24 24 Feb 21
Great experience. Mike was very polite and professional.
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