Why Does Your HVAC System Produce Bad-Smelling Air?


One of the great things about having an HVAC system is that it will make your building feel comfortable at any time during the year. However, that comfort may not mean much if there is a smell coming from the air vents. Here are some reasons why you may have foul-smelling air.

Replace Or Clean The Air Filter

Start by looking at the air filter in the HVAC system. If it hasn't been cleaned or replaced in a long time, it is possible that it is filled with foul-smelling debris that is being carried through your entire business. Simply swap out the old filter with a new one if you have a disposable filter, or wash a reusable filter with bleach to kill any mold that could be in the filter.

Clean The Air Handler

If the filter is dirty, chances are that the air handler is too. Open up the air handler and take a look at all the debris that is collecting inside of it. You will need to take a vacuum to clean out the debris and then use a bleach solution to wipe down the surfaces inside.

Clean The Ductwork

The ductwork in your building may be the source of bad odors. This is more likely to happen when you have an oversized air conditioner, since it can cause condensation to form inside the metal ductwork. That moisture can then turn into mold, which will be in an incredibly hard place to clean. Your best bet at getting rid of the odor is to hire a professional air duct cleaning service to remove anything that could be growing in this place that you cannot easily access.

Fix The Electrical Components

Do you have a smell in your building like something is burning? This could be due to a problem with an electrical component in the HVAC system. For example, a blown motor may be malfunctioning and causing that burning smell. This explains why the odor tends to go away when you shut down the HVAC system to investigate the problem.

Fix A Gas Leak

The smell of rotten eggs means that you have natural gas leaking from your HVAC system. This is a problem that should not be taken lightly. Shut down the system and hire an HVAC professional to come and repair the problem. It is not worth the risk to handle a DIY repair when you are dealing with something as serious as leaking gas.

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20 November 2019

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