One of the last things that anyone wants to do is have toxic air in their home or office.
The reality is that breathing toxic air is easy to do especially if your air conditioner hasn’t been maintained properly in some time.
When you don’t maintain your air conditioner the air can become “toxic” or hazardous to your long-term health especially if you suffer from breathing problems like Asthma.
Toxic Air Smells
Sadly, when an air conditioner hasn’t been maintained properly over a period of years it can easily produce a toxic smell.
This is a clear indication that something is wrong with your A/C and should be fixed immediately.
Here’s a breakdown of toxic air smells that may come from your air conditioner and what those smells actually mean.
- Electrical Smell – This could be a sign that there’s a problem with your air conditioner's motor, wiring, fan, or another electrical issue that must be fixed immediately especially since breathing in this odor isn’t good for your health.
- Gunpowder Smell – Unfortunately, this smell is a sign that your air conditioner's circuit board or possibly the fan must be replaced by a professional technician as soon as possible.
- Chemical Smell – It’s also possible to notice a chemical smell from your air conditioner during the years that you own your home or are renting there.
If you notice this smell you should contact an air conditioner repair company as soon as possible because this could mean that one or more of your air conditioner's fluids are actually leaking.
What Can You Do to Maintain Your Air Conditioner Yourself?
Regardless if you own your home, or are renting, one of the easiest things you can do is change your HVAC air filter every 30-60 days. Why? The air filter is directly responsible for filtering the air that comes into your home via the air conditioner.
Another helpful thing you should do periodically is clear at least three feet of space around your air conditioner and visually inspect your air conditioner to verify that no dust, dirt, critters, or debris has made it into your A/C.