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Exploring HVAC Maintenance and Repairs

Hi there, my name is Michelle. I created this site to talk to you about maintaining your HVAC system on your own and with help from contractors. Your HVAC system controls the temperature and air quality in your home. When this system starts to malfunction, you may notice a decrease in your comfort levels. You can perform preventative maintenance to keep this system running year round. From these posts you'll hopefully be able to learn about DIY and professional maintenance tasks that need to be performed regularly. My site will also cover common faults and repairs for HVAC components. Thank you.

What's That Smell? Reasons Why The Air Conditioning May Smell In Your Commercial Building

In some cases, the scents that are emitted when your commercial air conditioning unit is in use can alert you to the need for commercial air conditioning services. Here are a few of the scents that you may encounter in your commercial building if your air conditioning unit needs to be inspected, serviced, or repaired. 

Smelly Socks or Stinky Feet

One of the scents that your commercial air conditioning unit may emit if it needs to be serviced is a scent that many people equate to the smell of gym socks or stinky feet. The most common reason why this scent is present is because there is moisture that is sitting in your ducts, vents, or air conditioning unit. This may be due to a leak somewhere that is allowing water to enter the ducts or sit behind vents, or it may be an issue with the drain line on the air conditioning unit. A thorough inspection will reveal the cause of the problem. Fixing the problem and cleaning your ducts will help to remove the scent. 

A Rotting or Decaying Smell

Another common scent that you may smell in your commercial building when your air conditioning unit is running is a rotting or decaying scent. Unfortunately, the most common reason for this scent is due to actual rotting or decaying. Pests can enter cracked or torn duct work. They may make a nest and stay in there, especially during the cool months when warm air is flowing through the vents. If a pest, such as a bird or rodent, passes away in the vents, the smell may come through your building as air passes over the decaying body. Removing the pest and having your ducts cleaned can eliminate the smell. 

Burning or Gunpowder-Like Scent

The final scent that you may smell when you turn on your commercial air conditioner is a burning scent or a scent that some liken to a gunpowder-like scent. There are many reasons why you smell this scent, including problems with the circuit board or a worn motor in the air conditioning unit. A professional can determine what the scent is and make the needed repairs to eliminate the scent. 

If you notice any of these scents, your air conditioning unit is trying to tell you that your unit is in need of professional commercial air conditioning services. Contact a commercial air conditioning company like Dependable Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment to have your unit inspected and serviced. This will put an end to the scent and ensure your unit is functioning properly and efficiently.