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

November 01, 2016

The weather is turning brisk in McMurray and we’ll likely be reducing the use of our air conditioners. This time of year we get a lot of air conditioner repair calls from homeowners stating 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 operating 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 present any sort of danger and the smell will normally be gone after a while. However, if the odor does not diminish after a bit, please notify 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 this winter season. If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual air conditioner repair, now is the last chance. Our pros will be sure your system is working smoothly and clean the internal components before you have to be concerned about a burning scent. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 to arrange an appointment with us.