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

November 01, 2016

The weather is getting colder in Cedar Rapids and we’ll more than likely be reducing the use of our air conditioners. This time of year we get a lot 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 start 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 typically go away after a little bit. However, if the smell does not diminish after a while, please inform one of our professionals.

Another reason you could be smelling an odor from your air conditioner is that your air filter could be blocked. 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 key part of your life even during in the near future. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual air conditioner repair, now is the perfect time. Our experts will be sure your system is running smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to fret about a burning smell. Give us a call at 319-208-3295 to schedule an appointment with us.