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

November 01, 2016

The weather is turning brisk in Sacramento and we’ll likely be reducing the use of our air conditioners. This time of year we get a great deal 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 gathered inside your system. The first time you activate your air conditioner, that dust will get cleaned out. The smell from this will travel through your ducts throughout your house. This doesn’t usually pose any sort of concern and the smell will usually diminish after a while. However, if the scent does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an stench from your air conditioner is that your air filter might have gotten obstructed. 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 important part of your life even during these coming months. If you haven’t yet scheduled your regular air conditioner repair, now is the perfect time. Our pros will ensure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning odor. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to schedule an appointment with us.