Drake Heating & Air, Heating & Air Conditioning, Eaton, OH

Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell When I First Turn It On?

Turning your air conditioner on for the first time in the summer can often create a not so pleasant smell. Rest assured, it’s not uncommon for your air conditioner to smell the first time you turn it back on for the summer season. It’s so common in fact, that it’s earned its own nickname, “Dirty Sock Syndrome.”

Due to the long winter, your air conditioner hasn’t been used in months. During this time dust and dirt have had time to collect and lead to mold and mildew (the source of the smell).

 Mold and mildew can usually be found on these sources:

  • Air conditioner filter
  • Evaporator coil
  • Ductwork

How to get rid of the smell

Change your air filter

Air filters gather dust and dirt from the air that can accelerate mildew growth when exposed to moisture. If you haven’t changed your system’s filter since last summer your whole home may be getting dirty air blown back into it.

Check your evaporator coil

The evaporator coil becomes both cool and damp, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow.

Schedule a duct cleaning

Poorly sealed ductwork or an AC system that is not removing moisture from the air as well as it should can lead to mold and mildew growth. Having your ducts cleaned can help improve your health and safety by eliminating bacteria and germs from source and re-circulate air, leaving your home cleaner.

One of the best ways to keep your air conditioner working properly is to have routine maintenance performed throughout the year. Our team at Drake Heating & Air have always been focused on providing our customers with top-notch customer service. Contact us today for your air conditioning service needs.