When it comes time to turn your air conditioner on, you may notice the smell of dust burning off at first. This is completely normal, but other strange odors may be a warning sign that something is wrong. Read on to learn why your AC system in Miami, FL, might emit a foul smell.

Burning Electrical Odors

A burning or electrical odor can happen when there’s a problem with your air conditioner’s compressor, wiring or motor fan. These components consist of a variety of metals and chemicals, which is why being around this type of odor for any length of time can be unhealthy.

Gunpowder Odors

While you might notice this smell briefly when you first start your cooling system in summer, it can be harmful to your respiratory system if it lingers. Gunpowder odors are commonly caused by a fried circuit board or fan motor. To avoid this issue, call us for a system maintenance visit before the hottest part of the cooling season starts.

Dirty Sock Smell

An odor similar to that of dirty socks could be due to your condenser coils. When bacteria grow on these coils, they emit a foul odor. If you’re noticing these smells, we can professionally clean and sanitize your AC system to eliminate any further issues.

Exhaust Fumes

If you smell exhaust fumes, you may have AC fluids leaking onto parts of your system, such as the motor. When those fluids warm up, they emit that same strange odor as exhaust fumes. It’s important to call us immediately to repair the problem before any serious damage occurs.

When you smell any of these strange odors coming from your AC system, we can help. Call our team at RCI Air Conditioning Company today for all your air conditioning repair needs.

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