Is Your HVAC System Healthy? Your Nose Knows…

When you turn on your HVAC system, do your nostrils notice? If your system gives off one of the odors below, it may be an indication of an unhealthy unit.

Your HVAC system is one of the largest pieces of equipment running through your home. If something is not working properly, it is imperative to take action. A defective system can have negative effects on your wallet, but more importantly, it can impact your health.

Here are the top odor offenders to watch out for:

Smoky Smell

The smell of smoke is usually a sign of a mechanical issue. Just like a car, the inner workings of your system can overheat. Without proper repairs, the moving parts could cause enough friction to start a fire.

If you notice a smoky smell, immediately turn off your system and call a professional for a maintenance check.

Musty = Mold

Mold and mildew love to multiply in moist areas, like your HVAC system. Many types of spores can grow in condenser coils, leaving behind a musty smell in your ductwork that can quickly travel through the rest of your home. The presence of mold can be attributed to blocked drainage tubes, leaky ductwork, or insufficient insulation.

The best way to prevent mold is by scheduling regular maintenance checks. A technician can investigate at the change of each season to ensure that nothing is growing where it shouldn’t be. Preventing mold and mildew is essential because not only is it an annoyance, it is a health hazard.

Dusty Ducts

Sometimes when you turn on your heater for the first time, the smell may be unpleasant. This is usually caused by a build-up of dust that accumulates during the months when your furnace is not being used. Opening windows or turning on a fan can quickly dissipate the dusty smell.

As time goes on, aging HVAC units will require proper care by a seasoned professional. ALPS has been proudly serving the Orange County area since 1979. If you have any questions about your HVAC unit, do not hesitate to contact us at 800-994-2577. Our goal is to keep both your home and family, happy and healthy.