What’s That HVAC Smell?

Tom Tynan:
Mark from Deer Park has a question about a stinky smell. The stinky AC. The smelly sock syndrome.

Tom Tynan:
The most common question I’ve been asked for the last 30 years on the radio is, “Tom, what’s that smell?” David from Huff Smith has a question about his smelly AC.

Rick Young:
We call it wet sock syndrome.

Tom Tynan:
Wet sock syndrome happens in the spring when you turn your AC on for the first time.

Rick Young:
Fungi that has grown on the coil, and they’re microbials, and they’re little bubbles that will burst, and that’s what creates your smell.

Tom Tynan:
Good news. That smell is easy to get rid of.

Rick Young:
I’m going to go in with a de-fungi solution; it’s kind of re-coating the coil.

Tom Tynan:
Furnaces in the fall sometimes make a burning or smoky smell.

Rick Young:
What that is is just the dust that’s burning off your elements. If you have electric heat strips, or if you have a gas furnace, it’s just the dust burning off the heat exchanger.

Tom Tynan:
If that smell doesn’t go away after a few minutes, you need you to shut your furnace off and call a pro.

Speaker 3:
Headaches, teary eyes.

Tom Tynan:
That’s not from smelly AC.

Rick Young:
Unwanted pests get up into the duct system, and they will die in there.

Tom Tynan:
That smell’s going to stick around.

Rick Young:
If you have an animal that has died in your duct system, it’s time just to replace that one duct.

Tom Tynan:
The bottom line: If you smell something, do something. Don’t ignore what your nose is telling you.

Rick Young:
Call your local AC company and have them come out and investigate it further.

Tom Tynan:
Got bad odors? Do what I do. Open a window and call the Certified Home Show Pro, Absolute Comfort Air. For homeshowradio.com, I’m Tom Tynan.

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