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If you catch a whiff of something unpleasant in your Jacksonville, Florida, home, your HVAC system could be to blame. Certain HVAC odors are a cause for concern. If you notice any of the following smells, make sure to call a technician to determine the cause.

Electrical Odor

The familiar smell of electrical burning in your home is always worrisome. If it’s coming from the HVAC system, the unit could be overheating or the wiring may be burning. The first step is to check the air filter. A clogged, dirty filter can restrict airflow and cause some of the components to overheat.

If the air filter isn’t the issue, turn off the power to the system, and call an HVAC technician to figure out whether the issue is with the wiring or the motor. You may notice a burning smell the first few times you run the heater. However, the smell should dissipate quickly.

Musty Odor

A musty odor could indicate the presence of condensation in your unit that isn’t draining properly. If the moisture doesn’t drain, it can cause biological growth within the ducts or components of the unit. Your technician should check all drainage points to make sure no clogs are present and that the moisture is exiting the system correctly.

Rotten Egg Odor

Natural gas contains an additive that smells like rotten eggs. This odor signals a potential gas leak. If you smell rotten eggs, shut off the gas line and contact a service technician as soon as possible. You will also need to alert the gas company.

Animal Odors

When it’s cold outside, rodents may try to come into your home and take up residence in your ductwork. They try to remain hidden in your home, so most of them won’t survive. When you run your HVAC system, you will smell the foul odor of the dead animal in your ducts.

At Abaco Air Experts, we offer a variety of solutions to get rid of foul HVAC odors. Contact us today at 904-201-3533 to learn more.

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