Indoor Smells and What they Mean for Your AC

Indoor Smells and What they Mean for Your AC

You rely on your AC unit to keep you cool. However, just like any other mechanical device, things can, and do, go wrong. Your AC unit has ways of telling you things are malfunctioning. Here are some common indoor smells and their related AC issues:


If you notice a musty smell in your home, you could very possibly be dealing with mold or mildew development in your unit. This smell could indicate there is a problem with moisture or draining. Aside from the unpleasant aroma, this problem could spread spores throughout the home, and this poses health risks and allergic reactions to both you and your family. There are a number of actions our staff can take including:

– Inspecting drainage lines

– Cleaning condenser coil

– Emptying drain pans

– Checking duct work for mold or mildew growth

Smokey Smell

If your home smells like an ashtray, this usually results from someone smoking in the home. The cigarette smoke can eventually make its way into the condenser coil. Ironically, this can make it smell as though something is on fire. However, if you smell something burning, it’s important to turn off the unit and call a professional immediately.

Sulfur Smell

The rotten egg smell might indicate a gas leak. It’s common for AC units to be connected to a complete system including heat, and a gas leak can be deadly. Call our staff immediately upon noticing the smell of sulfur.

Climate Design Provides the Help You Need

If you have noticed any of these symptoms in your home, call Climate Design. We have been offering our services in the area since 1973, so you can rest assured we have the experience to fix the problem. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.