Having a reliable air conditioner in your Grovetown, GA, home is one of the most important parts of battling the rising summertime temperatures in the South. However, it’s also important to recognize potential issues with your system before they turn into something more significant. One sign of potential problems with your AC is strange odors coming from the system. Here’s what these common AC odors mean.

Dirty Sock Odor

If your air conditioner smells like the inside of your gym bag, it’s safe to assume that something is wrong. It’s not uncommon for bacterial growth to form on the condenser coils of your air conditioner. If this problem gets more significant, you may notice a strong, musty odor similar to dirty socks coming from your vents.

Garbage Smell

During the cold winter months and the first part of spring, small animals may find a warm place for shelter. Unfortunately, even the smallest gap in your home’s ductwork can look like an open door to mice, squirrels and other small animals. If one of those animals dies inside your system, a garbage-like odor may come from your air conditioner.

Gun Powder or Smoke

If you smell smoke or something like gun powder when you turn your air conditioner on, you should immediately turn the system off, leave the house and call the fire department. Air conditioners should never produce the smell of something burning. With so many electrical parts in play, this odor is a sign that something is seriously wrong with the internal components of your air conditioner.

Fortunately, our team of service technicians can fix any of the problems that produce these unpleasant odors. If you smell trouble coming from your air conditioner, call Plunkett Heating & Air today to schedule a repair and ask about the rest of our HVAC services.

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