Why Does Your Air Conditioner Smell When You Turn It On?

November 01, 2016

The weather is cooling down in Marshalltown and we’ll probably be reducing the use of our air conditioners. This time of year we get many of air conditioner repair calls from homeowners expressing that they smell something when their air conditioner turns on for the first time in a while. It’s likely that your air conditioner hasn’t been using for a little while. In that time, dust may have accumulated inside your system. The first time you turn on your air conditioner, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will move through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually establish any sort of hazard and the smell will usually be gone after a little bit. However, if the scent does not decrease after a bit, please inform one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your air conditioner is that your air filter may have become clogged. This can cause your blower motor to run harder than necessary and could cause the motor, and/or the air conditioner to overheat.

Your air conditioner is going to be an crucial part of your life even during this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular air conditioner repair, now is the perfect time. Our pros will be sure your system is running securely and clean the internal components before you have to worry about a burning odor. Give us a call at 641-323-1210 to schedule an appointment with us.