“Summer’s here and that means I’ve got the AC going,” Wanda says. “But then my Mom comes to visit. She takes one step in the house and says “What is that awful smell?” I guess I kind of went nose-blind to it, but when she pointed it out, it was clear: our AC really stinks. What’s going on?”
Summer Puts Stress on Your AC
As plumbers in New York City, we can tell you that there are reasons air conditioners start smelling nasty. The most common culprit: microbacterial growth – which can include mold and mildew spores – begin to grow within your HVAC system’s ductwork. These growths are organic material, which means they’re prone to generating odors. Sometimes, these odors can trigger people’s allergies.
When we’re called in for a stinky AC system, we do a diagnostic inspection. This will help us tell if your AC just needs a cleaning and general service, or if a more involved solution is required. Most of the time, the service and cleaning will address the issue. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your HVAC system serviced by qualified plumbers in New York City regularly.
If the bad odors from your AC are a persistent problem, despite regular servicing of the unit, your NYC plumber may talk to you about having a UV light installed. These units use a safe technology to eliminate microbacterial growth. They’re often used in high tech and medical settings, to help create a safe breathing environment for everyone who works in those spaces. The technology also is appropriate for use in residential settings, especially if allergies or respiratory health concerns are present.
Your AC Should Be Quiet, Stink Free, and Energy Efficient
Many times, we’ve found people living with AC problems they really don’t have to. Your AC should not be noisy. Rattles, shakes, hisses, and other loud noises are not normal. And as we’ve covered, your AC should not stink. Check your energy bills regularly. If you’re paying way more for cool air in the summertime, action is required! Have your NYC plumber do a service call and see what can be done to improve the situation.