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Why Does My AC Smell Like Feet?

Your air conditioning system should make your home a more comfortable place. But, if your AC is emitting a nasty smell that makes you feel like you’re trapped in a locker room, your home will be far from comfortable. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can cause your AC to emit less-than-pleasant aromas. If your air conditioner has your home smelling like feet or another funky smell, here are three of the potential culprits and what you should do to combat the problem.

Culprit 1: A Clog

One of the main reasons an air conditioner starts emitting a foul smell is because it has a clogged condensate drain. The condensate drain is used to collect excess condensation that drips from the cooling coils and drain it outside of your home. When the condensate drain becomes clogged however, the condensation cannot pass through. As a result, mold and mildew can grow in the drain pan and drain lines, resulting in an offensive odor that can be carried into the system’s airflow.

Culprit 2: Dirty Coils

Dirty coils can cause an unpleasant odor to come from your air conditioning system. When the air coils aren’t properly maintained, dirt, mildew, mold and other nasty things can build up on the coils and produce foul smells. When the air handler blows air over the coils, this smell will travel throughout your air conditioning system until it reaches the various rooms of your home—yuck!

Culprit 3: An Improperly Sized Air Conditioner

If a professional didn’t install your air conditioning system, it may be sized incorrectly for your home. If the system is too big, it will goes through quick cooling cycles and won’t effectively dehumidify your air. This can promote mold growth in and around your air conditioning system, which can make your home smell.

How Can I Prevent My Air Conditioner from Smelling?

While lots of things can cause your air conditioning system to emit a foul, foot-like odor, there are easy ways you can prevent this from happening, such as routine maintenance. Having a professional technician perform routine maintenance on your AC at least twice annually can prevent clogs and dirty coils from happening in the first place. Even better, routine maintenance will cut down on your energy bill, repair costs, and will improve the overall efficiency of your AC as a result.

At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, our professional technicians provide quality services for all of your air conditioning needs. If your AC is emitting a bad odor, give us a call today. We will quickly and efficiently diagnose and assess any problem and get your home smelling fresh. Call us today at 772-795-8088 or schedule your service online.


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